It was a windy spring day, and I was taking a moment to zone out during rugby practice. As I looked up, noticing a plane flying above me, my mind wandered, as minds often do.
“I wonder what an asteroid would look like,” I thought. “If I were a scientist and I was the only one who knew that something was going to destroy earth, and there would be no way for anyone else to know unless I told them, would I let the earth know it was about to be destroyed? If there was no time to save anyone?”
The conversation in my mind, the pros and cons of informing humanity of its imminent demise, seemed perfect for a short play, and so the idea of Dust was born.
As the idea grew into a fuller, more robust story, I chose to focus on the relationship and love between the two female protagonists, pitting their care for each other against their convictions about what is right.
It is a struggle so many face so often: to choose love or conviction, especially when those ethical beliefs aren’t as cut and dry as they first seem.
In this divisive time, I want Dust to remind you that you can love someone and disagree with them. Even if the disagreement extends to the very core of your beliefs, you can still speak to them with love and hear what they have to say. After all, in the grand scheme of things it may not matter who was right and who was wrong.
Sara Emsley is a northern Virginia native, born and raised in Fairfax, Va. She attended Virginia Tech for two years, before being accepted to the United States Military Academy. She graduated and commissioned in 2018 and is currently serving as an Infantry Lieutenant in the US Army. While at West Point, she won multiple awards for her poetry and prose and led the Creative Writing Forum. She has always found writing to be a fun outlet for her thoughts and emotions, and she is excited to share her ideas with the world at this year’s Capital Fringe.