The Ship’s Recorder – A Three Act Play
by Tom McKenzie
Date & Time
February 6, 2014, 8pm
February 6, 2014, 10:30pm
Machine Project Mystery Theater
$12 for members
$20 for non-members

In this play about European expansion and cultural clashes at the dawn of the 16th century, a fictional world of magical realism materializes.

The plot loosely borrows from the narrative structure of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and is rooted in language and events from the discovery journals of Bartolome de Las Casas, Christopher Columbus and Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. These chroniclers traverse a shipwreck story that probes the psychological depths of their brazen entitlement and utter disorientation. As the characters navigate dreamscapes informed by Taino and Mayan cosmologies and contemporary archeological and historical findings, poignant reflections on early struggles for human rights on the “American” continent emerge.


Joy A. Anderson, Sovereign Plumed Serpent / Anacaona

Lee Boek, Alvar

Dave Deany, Francisco

Joshua Duron, Voice of Francisco / Chorus

Jacob Friedheim, Voice of Bartolome / Chorus

Rebeca Hernandez, Heart of Sky Named Huricane / Iermao

Sol Mason, Bartolme

Tiffany Owens, Voice of Anacaona and Iermao / Chorus

Todd Pate, Cristóbal

Max Schafer, Shadow Player and Understudy

Paul Zografakis, Voice of Cristóbal & Alvar / Chorus

Music by Devin McNulty and Davin Givhan

Choreography by Rebeca Hernandez and Joy A. Anderson


Alisa De Los Santos, Co-Producer and Technician

Jill Newman, Set Design, Projections and Costumes

Tom McKenzie, Co-Producer

Paul Sand, Director