photo credit: Wide Eyed Studios
Danny’s a white, blue-collar, New York City sanitation worker. Marlowe’s the Black, ivy-educated newbie who just joined his route. Thrown together in the cab of a nineteen-ton garbage truck, they spend their first shifts sparring, one-upping each other, and practicing the secret art of mongo: hunting for discarded treasure. But as their lives become increasingly entwined, these two essential workers from different worlds discover there's more that binds them than picking up the trash.
PLACE & TIME
Manhattan. Present day. Winter.
MARLOWE: (she/her) Late 30s. Black. First week on the job. Confident and competent, both physically and mentally. Keen sense of wit and irony. Vivid inner life; even when silent, her face speaks volumes. Practiced in making you to think she's got it all together, but she's guarding a secret she doesn't wear on her sleeve.
DANNY: (he/him) 41. White. Nine years on the job. Mansplaining, dad jokes, and run-of-the-mill machismo thinly mask a profound desire to love and be loved. With less wear-and-tear, he might be attractive—ruggedly handsome, even—but you'd swallow hot coals before saying that to his face.
"Lindsay Joelle's script is delightfully intimate, surprising, and profound, filled with sometimes unexpected laughter and even tears. Titled for the archeological study of trash, the play mines the territories of external perception and the human heart."
"A Must See!...
Joelle's finely crafted play is laced with wit and wisdom."
"Joelle is a talented writer and there is certainly a need for a script clearly designed to show that we're all not as different as we think. 'The Garbologists,' ..also is courageous enough to probe the intersection of race and class. "
"Exiting playgoers were saying, 'I never knew about any of this stuff.' And that glimpse of an unknown world (one we see every day) is part of the charm... In learning our way through this delightful dramedy, we all become students of garbage. We become Garbologists. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer
"'The Garbologists' delves into the world of trash—and it's very deep... Taking place in the confined space of a truck, two characters—the white, blue-collar mansplainer Danny and a Black, Ivy League-educated newbie Marlowe—are partnered up for a route, and what happens during their intimate performance includes a lot of laughs, some deep conversations, and ultimately the quest for common ground..."
"Run time is about 90 minutes with no intermission but you'll never look at your watch."