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Death of a Starman

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"Death of a Starman" centers on Sal Solomon, a once-famous TV astrologer whose glory days seem far behind him. Sal's career plummeted after a tragic accident on his program in the 90s, but instead of taking responsibility Sal fell into delusions of grandeur. He obsesses over his astrological chart that predicts his next 48 hours will lead him back to greatness. In reality, Sal faces not only public disgrace but also financial ruin, being in debt to a mobster named Tony Saputo.

As his time runs out, Sal’s archaic world view and conservative leanings are revealed and it becomes clear what his true motivations are: fame, influence, and being seen as a real man. Through Sal’s journey, “Death of a Starman” constructs a critique of similar men in media who exist today and make careers off of selling their delusions and toxic masculinity. Played to comedic effect, each time Sal is offered a chance to accept responsibility and change, he digs his heels in and instead chooses to wallow in resentment and self victimization.

"Death of a Starman" is a high speed dark-comedy and character study of one man’s descent into the kind of madness that the modern media landscape thrives off of. On one hand, it's a love letter to astrology, and on the other, a warning of how mysticism can be exploited by those seeking power. Zaid Bustami stars in this astrologically unpredictable one man play.

Content warnings: 

Abuse, Animal cruelty or animal death, Child abuse/pedophilia/incest, Death or dying, Homophobia and heterosexism, Kidnapping and abduction, Murder, Sexism and misogyny, Swears or curses, Torture, Violence

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Friday, August 9, 2024

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Sunday, August 11, 2024

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Sunday, August 11, 2024

5:00 p.m.

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