West of Amchitka
Lies the End of the World
By J.R. Vikse
Autumn, 1965. When Anne Thurmin returns home after a break-up, she discovers the US Navy attempting to evacuate her parents from her childhood home - tiny Kiska Island off the coast of Alaska. Naval officers, family members, and environmental activists soon crowd the otherwise deserted island, and while taking a stand against military forces, Anne learns the real reason that her family is being evicted. Forced to confront the truth of her childhood memories, Anne discovers that she has a difficult decision to make: to accept the safety of a sheltered life or to finally grow up.
- JUDITH THURMIN - f, mid-fifties. A retired nurse who has been having some memory issues lately. Anne’s mother.
- MICHAEL HARDING: A naval officer tasked with convincing the Thurmins to evacuate Kiska Island so that nuclear testing can begin on nearby Amchitka Island. Late twenties.
- GREG BURR: An environmental activist, sent by a student organisation to protest. Mid-twenties.
- YOUNG ANNE: Anne in her younger years. Played at whatever age Anne needs her to be, give or take.
*The writing of this play was commissioned by Langham Court Theatre as a part of their Playwright-in-Residence Program.