UTOPIAN HOTLINE

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In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 1 & 2 spacecrafts to study the outer solar system and bring a message to other intelligent life in the universe. Aboard both is an artifact intended to communicate, beyond space and time, the story of our human existence: the golden record. After 43 years and over 13 billion miles, the golden record is the farthest human-made object from our planet. A planet whose future, both environmentally and socio-politically, is in jeopardy. If we were to send another message across the vast distances of space and time, what would it be? And how do we imagine the future in which this relic would be received? Theater Mitu is collecting answers to these questions during interviews with NASA astronauts, scientists, and children, to create our newest interview-based work, Utopian Hotline. Recorded and preserved as relics, their responses will draw a direct line from individuals who are currently building our future and those that are set to inherit it. Theater Mitu has partnered with The SETI Institute, ASU’s Interplanetary Initiative, and Brooklyn Independent Middle School to collect a vast archive of responses to be used in the creation of the piece. Conceived as a multi-platform experience, Utopian Hotline is composed of three parts: an in-person theatrical production, an interactive digital artwork, and an original album. This format, specifically designed for flexible engagement amidst a public health crisis, offers three pathways for audiences to explore the question of how we imagine a more perfect future? Utopian Hotline is scheduled for production at MITU580 in Gowanus Brooklyn in September 2021.