May 4 - 6, 2017

Cartography by Leon Findley

$25 • BUY NOW 8:00PM • Merrill Wright Mainstage

Thu - Sat | May 4 - 6 | 8pm Sun | May 7 | 5pm

“In the Bright Future, the environmental rampage will have ended, amnesty will be given to all those who return to their senses, and it will be said, ‘We are not free yet, but we are on our way!'”

On an asterism situated between two constellations in a universe not far from this one, a motley assortment of well-meaning but ineffectual people— who have been psychically kidnapped— train and prepare for the Bright Future, an almost-utopia they will eventually be deployed to enact back on planet Earth.

The People’s Republic of Valerie is part boot-camp space-travel memoir, part how-to manual for the community to construct a paradise— even if only in their own minds.

Performed by Matt Aguayo, Jessica Cerullo, Anna Kasabyan, Kristen Kosmas, Brandon J. Simmons, Kelly Morgan Stevens, and Ray Tagavilla

Directed by Paul Budraitis
Stage Design by Peter Ksander 
Costume Consultant: Mary Anne Carter
Sound Design by Evan Mosher
Technical Director Tania Kupczak
Cartography by Leon Finley
Stage Manager: Alexandra Harding

To read more about the cartography, see On the Cartography, a post on the OtB Blog written by Kristen Kosmas.


OtB audiences may remember Kosmas and Ksander as part of the team that brought There There to OtB in 2014 - available now at 

Kristen Kosmas’s plays and performances have been produced nationwide. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Whitman College and a member of New Dramatists in NYC. Paul Budraitis is a director and a performer whose work has been seen locally and internationally. Peter Ksander is a scenographer who has designed stage environments both nationally and internationally.

The People’s Republic of Valerie is commissioned and supported through the OtB Performance Production Program.



Watch THERE THERE by Kristen Kosmas, Paul Willis, and Peter Ksander at