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BROS Newsroom

City Paper Writeup

September 13th, 2017

"Written and directed by BROS member Chuck Green, the story centers around a group of Earthlings and their robot on a space mission to find a new planet to colonize after discovering that the moon has fallen out of orbit and is heading toward Earth. The team succeeds in finding a planet suitable for human life, but that planet, Lunastus, is already populated by an alien race called Abzug, and they know a shocking truth about Earth unknown to humans.

"It's Chuck's love letter to Star Trek," Hadley says.

Audiences might remember the story from the show's original run years ago as part of a double feature staged at the Autograph Playhouse along with "Amphion," which received a remount in the summer of 2016. At the time of the original double feature in 2011, BROS was in the process of fixing up the previously abandoned theater and building an entirely new multi-level stage.

"We never felt like the double feature got that level of care and consideration that every other show has gotten because we were also rehabbing the theater at the exact same time," Hadley says.

This level of ambition is totally in line with the maximalist, go-big-or-go-home philosophy and aesthetic of BROS, but even for them it was too much.

"We did 'Amphion,' intermission, 'Lunastus,' all in the same night," says Green. "Completely different staging, sets, characters, actors—everything was different. It was one of the dumbest things we've ever made ourselves do."

For the audience, it meant sitting through about four hours of theater—though BROS' shows are typically as much parties as they are plays.

"Everybody was super drunk by 'Lunastus,' so they really loved it," Hadley says. "Now we're gonna bring it back and people are gonna watch it when they're sober."

"Oh no!" Green says, laughing. "What are they gonna think?""