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I approached the OWC as a writing exercise with a deadline (it’s amazing how motivating a deadline is!) and wanted to experiment with an abstract style (a big nod to Lewis Carroll) to explore the theme of the relativity of reality, of the “Does a fish know it’s in water?” variety.
The picnicking family was a creation of the two Geeks. And while the Geeks thought they were masters of their universe, they too were products of someone/something else’s creation/imagination – that’s the probable conclusion I was trying to lead the audience to with the very final image. The ending was meant to have a level of ambiguity.
Were the Geeks real or not? In my view, they’re not. That’s why no one had personal names.
So, what was/is real? Depends on your view. Everyone’s reality is different.
I realised from the outset that this type of execution isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I got in early and poked fun at my writing - one of the Geeks: “We gotta give ’em more depth and develop some sort of story narrative.”
The secret exposed? Son: “We don’t exist. That’s the big secret. We’re not real…”
It was rewarding to see the range of responses – all of them instructive.
I had fun writing this, and I hope you had a bit of fun reading it. Thanks again!