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Production set for Spring 2016

Wetware will be set in a near future where there are jobs that no one wants and people at the end of their rope who will do anything for a sense of security and well-being. Enter Galapagos Wetware, a cutting edge genetic engineering firm where people down-on-their-luck apply for alterations that help them handle the small stuff like mopping up crime scenes and toxic clean-ups – and more demanding tasks as boots-on-the-ground against infectious diseases, climate eruptions, and resource wars.

With business booming, genetic programmer Hal Briggs is charged with developing more sophisticated prototypes, Jack and Kay. High-end clients anxiously await these deluxe models, to carry out missions like manned travel to Mars, deep cover espionage, and counter-terrorism. Briggs is good – but he’s under pressure and begins to alter some genetic codes, adding qualities to Jack and, especially, Kay, to whom he develops a dangerous attachment.

Briggs’s boss, Leslie Carr, has problems of her own. She navigates a thorny relationship with Wendell Blaine, Galapagos’s lead investor and chief prognosticator on all matters financial. But tensions mount when Carr and BLaine tangle over field tests, deadlines, and specs. Then word gets out that Jack and Kay have escaped before Briggs has completed his work. Where have Jack and Kay gone? What do they know?  And will they survive the volatile world of street heavies and low-rent hotels? Briggs scrambles to track his fugitive prototypes, and, as he reexamines Jack and Kay’s codes, he makes a provocative discovery that will change everything.

Wetware’s characters are originals—flawed, dimensional, and a little absurd.  The film will dig into fertile themes of love, work, and freedom, genetic engineering, social costs of living in a wired age, the power of music, and what it is to be human in trying times.  We also promise a few good laughs.

For any questions about the project, contact Jay Craven (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

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