Know Theatre of Cincinnati

The Absentee

The Absentee by Julia Doolittle

Just because you don’t live on Earth anymore doesn’t mean you can’t make your voice heard.

Far out in the Milky Way, “Beacons” serve as lighthouses for warping spaceships around the galaxy. When a U.S. Space Forces ship explodes near Beacon 44.AR.90, its Operator finds herself alone in deep space with only her ship’s A.I. for companionship. That is, until a persistent canvasser calls, desperate to convince her to vote absentee in the 2088 election.

A semi-finalist for the Relentless award, and winner of the 2019-2020 Woodward/Newman Drama Award.

10 words or less: In space you can’t outrun grief. Or love. Or duty.

Rated: PG-13.

Content Warning: This performance features theatrical haze, loud noises, and strobe effects.

Creative Team

Director: Kate Bergstrom
Scenic & Lighting Designer: Andrew Hungerford
Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
Sound & Video Designer: Douglas Borntrager
Props Designer & Scenic Charge: Kayla Williams
Choreography: Darnell Pierre Benjamin
Stage Manager: Meghan Winter
Technical Director: Jim Stark
Head Rigger: Henry Bateman


A.J. Baldwin as Beacon
Hannah Jones as Zala
Jordan Trovillion as Operator
Nathan Tubbs as Glenn

Production photos by Dan R. Winters.

Production Sponsor

Morse & Betty Johnson Family Foundation

Production Partners

The League of Women Voters
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Design Sponsor

Travis McElroy