Charles Gorrill


Rocket Man

March 19
7:30 p.m.
Every Fri. and Sat. from March 23-31
7:30 p.m.
April 1
3 p.m.

We’ll soon be ready for spring cleaning, a ritual that can compel personal re-assessments as one decides what to discard and what to retain. This introspection is followed to an extreme degree in Rocket Man, a sci-fi-tinged drama from contemporary playwright Steven Dietz wherein the lead character, Danny Rowan, places all of his possessions on his front lawn accompanied by a sign reading, “Here’s my life. Make an offer.” This unorthodox behavior provokes consternation and concern from family and acquaintances alike, but Danny is merely following an inner conviction that parallel universes exist and that one can, if materially and psychologically unencumbered, journey to those worlds. Even under the scrutiny of his estranged wife and daughter, Danny pursues his obsessive quest to find a place where all of life’s possibilities intersect. This Stuart Gates-directed production for Theatre Pro Rata offers a charismatic cast headlined by Matt Wall. And while string theory, alternate realities, and time travel are mind-bending concepts, those inclined to contemplate the nature of existence will find much of fascination in the way Rocket Man charts a course for a more extraordinary life. For tickets, go to