One Way to Mars, a 75-minute musical
audio drama by Timothy and Mallory Vallier, follows Natalie, a
neuroscientist and mother, who is invited to embark on a pioneering
one-way trip to Mars. But to take part, she must leave everything on
This is the Valliers’ reimagining of the classic
Scottish ballad "The Daemon Lover." Both share themes of romance,
tragedy and adventure.
Leanne Hill Carlson plays Natalie; Steve
Krambeck plays her husband, Clark; and Thomas Gjere plays James,
Natalie’s former colleague (and former lover), who invites her to Mars.
Christi Leupold and Dustin Smith play multiple roles. Daena Schweiger
Tim Vallier wrote the music and designed
sound, with book and lyrics by Mallory Vallier. The script will be
onscreen as the original music plays, or you can just close your eyes
and enjoy listening.
Tim Vallier has composed instrumental music for several recent Playhouse non-musicals, including Native Gardens, A Raisin in the Sun and Sweat.