Conversations with my Descendants
via Sci-Fi Space Odyssey:
a screenplay for the stage

Photos by Michael Palma Photography (Courtesy of Los Angeles Performance Practice)

Conversations with my Descendants via Sci-Fi Space Odyssey: a screenplay for the stage, is a live multimedia performance that fuses speculative fiction, memoir, and post-colonial essay as an embodied future archive of inheritance concerned with the body/mind/spirit as technology. In the narrative, Mireya Lucio’s consciousness is reincarnated as a sentient spaceship in a distant future where humans have fled to space following the devastation of planet Earth. This narrative screenplay is the site for a conversation between Mireya-as-spaceship and her future descendant, Viajerx, the first space-born human to be sent on a return mission to Borikén (Puerto Rico).

Developed with the support of Los Angeles Performance Practice’s R + D Program (Parents and Guardians edition).

It premiered at the LAX Festival in Los Angeles on October 21, 2022

Written & performed by Mireya Lucio
Sound design, mixing, and composition by Sean Grattan & Ben Babbitt
Viajerx costume design & construction by TMO STUDIO
Staging & design concept by Mireya Lucio
Lighting design by Chu-Hsuan Chang
Sound Operated by Duncan Woodbury
Production Management by Amanda Eno

Sabrina Scott, “Witchbody” (graphic essay)
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World
Rebecca Solnit, As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Gender, Landscape, and Art
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
Arcadio Díaz Quiñones, “La Memoria Rota” (essay)
Richard Powers, The Overstory
Rebecca Schneider, Performing Remains
Jonathan Lear, Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation
Ana Mendieta, “Artist’s Statement” (1988)
Rafael Hernandez, “Lamento Borincano” (song–1929)
Pedro Albizu Campos (speech–1950)
José José, “Amnesia” (song–1980), performed by Carmita Jimenez
Bad Bunny, “El Apagón” (song–2022)
Julia de Burgos, “Rio Grande de Loiza” (poem–1935), performed by Marilyn Pupo
Menudo, “Claridad” (song–1981)
Juan Luis Guerra 440, “Reforéstame” (song–1990)