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Starship Edsel is a Star Trek inspired farce set aboard the Federation Starship Edsel towards the end of the 24th century. It is based upon a LARP written and developed by Brandon Brylawski, who is also a producer and head writer on this show.

The Edsel is a cruiser, Edsel class (the only one), largely regarded as a failure in ship design. Somehow, serious flaws in architecture and engineering were not caught until the prototype ship was completed. From its launch, it has been plagued with mechanical and operational problems that have played havoc with its fitness and combat-readiness, to the point where it became the butt of jokes throughout Starfleet.


Soon it had become a dumping ground for personnel who were considered too disruptive or incompetent for front-line service, but who had not done anything sufficiently egregious to warrant being discharged. Eventually, Starfleet Command sent down an order to retire the embarrassing vessel, to the relief of all involved. But it was not to be. At the last moment, the Federation Council countermanded the directive: a political use had been found for the vessel. The Edsel's new continuing mission:

  • To stay in permanent parking orbit around the vacation planet of Atlantis

  • To deal with vapid and overbearing VIPs

  • To boldly give tours of an "Authentic Federation Starship"!



Otherworld Theatre Company requires proof of full vaccination (initial vaccine and all eligible boosters) or a negative PCR test taken with 48 hours of the performance time. Masks are optional but are strongly encouraged to be worn during the show.

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Starship Edsel is an improvised farce. Dialogue is improvised. Characters and story arcs are "lovingly" crafted in advance.


Directed by Jack Bronis

Created and Written by Brandon Brylawski

with additional writing by Eric Scull



Jen Connor as Captain Lilith Hardstone

Kelsey Blackwell as Lieutenant Co'Ay

Brandon Drap as Ensign Dan Gianutore

Matthew Kawa as Lieutenant T'Pang Gah

Laura Ann Parry as Lt. Commander Tracey Beamer

Carlos Rivera as Counselor J'Errrs'q

Janice Rumschlag as Lieutenant Amalda

Judson Russell as "Doctor" Croup

Bernadette Santos Schwegel as Cadet Cornelia "Corn" Hardstone

Dylan Schaefer as Commander Russell T. Stillwell

Keely Smith as Lt. Junior Grade Vialee Parr

Mark Soloff as Lt. Commander Null


Stage Manager/Technical Director/Computer Voice/Ensemble:

Charlie Minard


Technical consulting by Dan Granata


Starship Edsel runs 60-75 minutes and will play at 10pm the first and third Saturday of every month.

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