Fault Line Theatre presents a play that contrasts the trials of an adolescent girl growing up in the late '90s with her 19th-century video game counterpart. More…
It’s 1997. Alone in her computer lab, 13-year-old Jane escapes from the awkward throes of puberty by virtually jumping in a covered wagon headed west on "The Oregon Trail." Under the guidance of the all-powerful Voice of the Game, we watch "Then Jane" navigate the perils of 1850s frontier life, while '90s Jane navigates the different but all-too-real dangers of high school, college, and, eventually, adulthood. Jane soon finds herself in her 20s, unemployed and battling an undefinable lifelong sadness she cannot name, even as “Then Jane” continues to face the tribulations of the trail. With nearly two centuries between them, both Janes face hardships that seem impossible to overcome—until they find one another.
See it if you might enjoy a well-acted, original modern coming-of-age play about a depressed teenage girl who learns how to cope.
Don't see it if you don't like non-linear story lines that go back and forth in time about sensitive female characters!
See it if You're a big fan of the game or looking for an exploration of mental illness/related issues.
Don't see it if Your looking for any kind of conclusion or neat answers. You've never heard of the game.
See it if You like shows that play with time; you enjoy plays about contemporary life; you played the Oregon Trail computer game
Don't see it if You're not interested in stories about young women; you're expecting something grand in scope; you need high stakes
See it if You liked the Oregon Trail game or coming of age stories with strong female characters.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy thought provoking plays with existential themes.
See it if You're interested in a teenage girl's struggles with social anxiety and depression. Pairs well in subject matter with DEAR EVAN HANSEN.
Don't see it if You're not interested in plays examining mental health. You have no familiarity with playing THE OREGON TRAIL video game.
See it if you grew up in the 90s and played The Oregon Trail or like to see portrayals of depression on the stage.
Don't see it if you don't care much for shows that bring mental illness to the spotlight.
See it if 90s nostalgia is your thing. If you enjoy shows with deep hidden life questions. You enjoy plays with a message.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy thought provoking works that may have meaning's that don't immediately display themselves. You want something super light.
See it if You're in need of a reunion with your formative years that reminds you who you value and that you do in fact love who you've become.
Don't see it if You'd just as soon leave the 90s and all reminders they happened behind you; you don't like parallel plot structure or strong female leads.
See it if you like poignant comedy, have ever felt lost/sad in your life, played the Oregon Trail computer game :)
Don't see it if you're looking for flashy...this is raw, visceral, simple.
See it if You played Oregon Trail as a kid, like nostalgia, are struggling with where your life may be going
Don't see it if you are expecting fancy sets and costumes, you didn't play the game, you don't like experimental shows
See it if You grew up playing the video game, you are interested in the struggle to find the right path to follow in life.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy whimsy, nostalgia, or millennial existential crises.
See it if you've ever felt you might be doing something different than the norm, if you've ever questioned your guts, if you support family and women.
Don't see it if You hate surprises, you don't like laughing, and you aren't ready to discuss depression
See it if You are interested in current, socially relevant, thought provoking theatre, especially relating to human relations and mental health
Don't see it if You are looking for a light comedy
See it if You love original ideas, writing, and stories. You are a fan of humor and a fan of 90's humor. Also, a fan of theatre.
Don't see it if You have a family emergency...
See it if You love to laugh and cry all in one sitting, and like to see theater that makes you want to have a conversation about it afterwards.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate an inventive and creative way of approaching a narrative (e.g. it doesn't necessarily have to be linear!).
See it if you enjoy the work of contemporary playwrights. Smart staging, terrific ensemble work, clever scenic design.
Don't see it if you do not like plays set in two different time periods. Also, if you do not like plays based on video games.
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