Lost in space

Even by modern theatre standards, Jane Anderson's Defying Gravity is unusual. Loosely based on the Challenger space shuttle disaster, which made a posthumous hero out of Christa McAuliffe, the characters include Impressionist painter Claude Monet. The action ranges over a number of locations including a schoolroom, a supermarket, Kennedy Space Center, a highway, and the cathedral at Rouens.

With its numerous locations, shifts of tone, elements of fantasy, and delicate structure, Defyi

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