Admit it. You've fantasized about climbing into a DeLorean, setting the flux capacitor to some significant date, and flinging your modern-day self to the past or fast-forwarding to the future.
THE MAGIC BICYCLE Playwright John Olive has contemplated this matter at length and he openly states that time travel is possible but it's hard. He is quite serious. What challenged this experienced writer wasn't the science behind the theory -- the curve of the earth in relationship to the speed at which a person travels through time. He is referring to the difficulty of constructing a tightly-knit plot that moves smoothly back and forth in a time/space continuum of one thousand years without losing its audience.
In Mr. Olive's original play, the main character, Willy, is a time traveler. Willy visits many time periods and sometimes encounters different versions of the same character in different points of time. For this sort of non-linear story to be successful, Mr. Olive had to pay close attention to details of continuity and logic. To aid in this process, Mr. Olive spent some time last summer at First Stage, workshopping his script. Said the playwright, "The workshop was excellent and very effective in finding issues of continuity. We changed a lot of things except the ending, which didn't change one bit. I'm proud of that."
THE MAGIC BICYCLE has its world premiere at the Todd Wehr Theater on Friday, January 14. The production runs through February 5, 2011. Tickets begin at $11.50. Click here for more information.