Plan B presents: The End Of The Horizon

Posted April 15, 2008 in
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Plan B presents: The End Of The Horizon is a play written by Debora Threedy about how the decisions of a young artist affect the family that he leaves behind. Although this true story is based around Everett Ruess and his disappearance, the intentions of the play seem to center what Everett left behind when he was lost in the southern Utah desert in early 1933. He left his family to follow his heart, into the unforgiving desert alone. This poet/artist/dreamer believed that this was where he was most at home. The only clue left to his disappearance were the words “NEMO 1934” written on a canyon wall, beside some Native American hieroglyphics. Nemo… means nothing. Many believe that it may have been his intention to disappear and become one with the desert, but its also likely that he could have been lost or taken away with the elements of the wild landscape. Whatever the reason for his disappearance––he didn’t leave any clues––only a family in a wake of emotion for many years to come.

This is the story of the people Everett left behind when he left society. Everett’s mother, played by Threedy, is the prime focus of the stage for the duration of the play. She struggles with classic mother anxiety, waking up in the middle of the night after dreaming of harm to Everett. Threedy’s character finds it nearly impossible to let go of her son. Her emotions are so deeply seeded in her lost son that she herself begins to loose sight of any reality that doesn’t include searching for him. Although her character was a bit unlikable, because of her often extreme over gestures and mother like nagging and worrying, it was played thru and convincing.

Everett’s father, played by Gary Peter Morris, finds himself in a seemingly father role. He is the strong hold. He will do what he can to find Everett it seems, but only once it becomes evidently clear that he is missing, something my father seems shares a striking resemblance. When his other son Waldo brings him to a breaking point, his performance peaks and you are left uneasy with the conviction of his character. As if your father has just spoken up so loud at you that, any doubts you had about his authority over you were put to rest.

Everett’s brother Waldo, played by Jesse Harward, seemed to be the extreme opposite of Everett. Waldo went to college, got a job, a car and was making his way toward the American Dream. Everett was the opposite. He wanted nothing of that dream, and only dreamed of the palette of the open desolate desert. It seems as if they had little in common besides bloodline and the common sibling understanding. Before Everett disappears, there is a scene where Waldo has driven Everett out to the desert and for a moment they seem to share that “I understand what your doing, but I don’t get why” kind of moment with each other, a moment that is common with a lot of siblings.

Whatever happened to Everett? They don’t know or attempt to answer this question. Into The Horizon, takes the focus off of the self and onto the people who were left behind. The people who no matter what well be a part of our existence, our family.

Overall Debora Threedy’s play, gave light to the people that we leave behind while achieving our own destiny. Everett was a man who would only live life by his own standards. He seems represented most by his mystery. An artist who gave it all up. A poet who left with the wind. A boy who left his family to wonder.