Before the 31 Plays in 31 Days Challenge began, I created a list of prompts for myself. One of them was to pit mysticism against technology in a ten-page throw-down. I started writing this one with that intention until I consulted a deck of tarot cards for the characters’ spread. It painted a picture all too familiar these past few weeks, of a man who had potentially a lot going for him but who had decided instead on a blaze of horrific glory.
Read questions our responsibility to stop evil when it presents itself: a tarot reader is expecting a client who turns out to already know what his future has in store. This play presses against our morality and our commitment to what we think is right to do given terrible circumstances. This is a warning – Read is an adult piece of work – read at your own discretion.