Return to the Forbidden Planet - Stuff that Happens in the Play
STUFF THAT HAPPENS
BEFORE THE PLAY
- On a stormy night, mad scientist Doctor Prospero works in his laboratory developing the elusive formula with which he would change the world, aided only by his wife, Gloria.
- Gloria overpowers an unsuspecting Prospero and sends him into hyperspace in an old shuttlecraft. Unbeknownst to Gloria, their infant daughter Miranda is asleep aboard the shuttlecraft, and is catapulted into space with her father.
DURING THE PLAY
- Many years later, the Intergalactic Starship Albatross takes off on a routine scientific survey flight under the watchful command of Captain Tempest.
- Aboard this flight is the new Science Officer, a strong-willed woman with a mysterious past.
- Also on board are thee Damage Control Crew, Bosun Arras (an all-around good guy), the Navigation Officer (who knows where they are going), and Cookie (the ship’s cook, a hopeless romantic).
- As the starship blasts its way through space, it encounters an asteroid storm and the Science Officer flees, taking the only emergency shuttlecraft.
- Meanwhile, the Albatross is pulled inexorably towards Planet D’Illyria, which is not marked on their charts.
- Adventure, romance, rock & roll ensue.