I wrote the preface to this play before writing the play. The Preface is available as a separate volume somewhat unsurprisingly titled: PREFACE TO “MEET THE FRACTALS”. My need to begin work by writing the preface to an as yet unwritten play arose from the need to bring some order to the chaos of issues that arises from the play’s central proposition: that the human race would benefit from a less dogmatic attitude to the formation of domestic units in which personal bonding and procreation are interwoven through socio-biological cause and effect and embedded in law and common morality.
Fortunately (for the actors) no character in the play is required to utter the above sentence. However, the dialogue does feature open discussion about all topics related to marriage, relationships, love, sex, dress and children. You could say that, because total honesty is achieved among the characters, the naked truth is achieved as regards what each thinks on these topics. There is also some incidental nakedness on stage, not in the declamatory manner of “Hair”, but rather in the cause of honesty, within the group, in the way that they propose to relate to each other. This occurs in the context of a final celebration party that has been much delayed by a succession of personal crises – which, in themselves, have prompted the group to debate an alternative way of living.
To sum it up - “MEET THE FRACTALS” is a play that follows the trials and confusions of a racially mixed group that chance throws together, in circumstances that prompt them to start exploring the benefits and hazards of polyamory. As statics reveal, fifty per cent of all marriages fail! The union lasts only “until divorce do us part”.
Each individual in this group has decided, each for different reasons, that monogamy is an outmoded custom because it is more honoured in the breach than in the observance. In “Meet The Fractals” you will meet ten people, five of each gender, who decide to apply the theories of quantum physics to living. They commit to a group marriage: an extreme form of polyamory. In doing so they accept that human sexuality is in essence, chaotic, and this chaos is better managed by accepting it than resisting it. There have been many utopian attempts to create alternative societies, but our group plans to avoid conflict by minimising the rules that cause it. How they will achieve this is unknown, since the play covers only the first 48 hours of their first meeting and their subsequent deliberations. During this period they have to ward off the wrath of society as represented by an ambitious politician and a puritanical minister of the church. Because of its duration, probably around two and a half hours (not counting intervals) I think I have to describe this comedy as an “event” play. It will certainly give value for money and would, given the right publicity, attract money! Dialogue is evenly divided among all characters, and each has scenes or situations in which he or she is the chief protagonist.
“Meet The Fractals” is an ensemble piece. It is dialogue-based. Its characters are represented as having several traits in common that together enable them to navigate disagreement and engage in debate with words rather than with savage acts and emotional hysteria. They are outsiders. They have a keen sense of irony about the absurdity of human existence. They have a sense of humor. They suppose that a slight change of moral outlook could become the fractal that changes the entire geometry of the future.
What has all this to do with quantum physics and fractals? Please read the play find out.