Sinclair Theatre presents THE COLD EQUATIONS: A Play for Radio, based upon the short story of the same name by Tom Godwin, streaming free on Sinclair Theatre’s Facebook page beginning March 26, 2021. Adapted and directed by Daniel Brunk, the audio performance features the voices of Connor Gray, Mari Pullings, Alexis Paige, Kiarra Matos, Helen Mahle-Grisez and Lydia Dye.
While Godwin’s original science fiction space story was published in 1954, its timeless ethical dilemma remains in Brunk’s updated version, accompanied by a creatively expanded plot. “The Cold Equations” refers to scientific calculations used to create unemotional procedures designed to ensure successful missions.
Brunk, who also recorded and edited the production, says, “I started listening to OTR (Old Time Radio) maybe 15 or 20 years ago and I heard “The Cold Equations” as produced by the NBC radio program X Minus One around that time. The thought of making my own radio version has been with me for a decade.”
“It turned out that now was the perfect time to undertake the project, given the pandemic and the necessary limitations on live performances,” says Brunk. “It also provides Sinclair’s Theatre department with the opportunity to produce a different kind of theatre, and allows the students to gain experience as voice actors.”
Brunk is an award-winning sound and lighting designer and assistant professor of theatre technology at Sinclair. He holds a B.A. in Theatre and English from the University of Maine and an M.F.A. in Theatre Production/Design & Technology from Ohio University. He has previously worked at the University of Maine at Farmington, Dartmouth College, and Papermill Theatre in New Hampshire.