Mars Dome: The Musical

A Senior Project in the Intensive Music Major for Zach Lee

by Zach Lee

Earth sucks, Let's go to Mars!

Imagine a world where one piece of apocalyptic news is followed by another, where humanity’s self-extinction is an ever looming threat, and your opinion of mankind sinks lower and lower every waking moment. Ok, now stop imagining. It’s this one. 

Well, at least it is for Pike, a pessimistic misanthrope disenchanted with the state of the world. Mars Dome is an uplifting musical comedy about Pike’s attempt to escape the world’s problems by going on a manned mission to Mars, but he finds love and learns to appreciate life on Earth as he trains to leave it all behind. Pike’s world view is one I believe is all too common today. As news outlets bombard us with catastrophe after catastrophe, it’s easy to fall into a pessimistic mindset and only see the bad side of humanity. We’ve all just been through a very rough year, the isolation of quarantine eerily similar to the monotonous routines of the trainees in the Mars Dome.  Sometimes, it seems like the only solution to be free of the world’s problems is to escape it; for Pike, this means literally fleeing from the planet at escape velocity. However, “Mars Dome” doesn’t accept Pike’s nihilistic ideology as fact, common and pervasive as it may seem in the world. This show seeks to explore the idea that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be worth living, and I hope this story will show a ray of light to those of us worn down by the world’s recent tragedies and remind us there’s still good on this planet worth sticking around for.


Media and Downloads

PDF icon Mars Dome Audition Packet (.pdf - 65.79KB)

Performance Dates & Times

April 29, 2022 - 8:00pm

April 30, 2022 - 2:00pm

April 30, 2022 - 8:00pm

May 1, 2022 - 2:00pm


Saybrook Underbrook

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via elevator near the Head of College's office inside entryway I. Balcony level seating is accessible via lobby entrance. Stage level seating requires the use of stairs.

Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date vaccination status.

Front of House staff will be checking tickets, IDs, and proof of vaccination.

Yale-approved masks  are required for all audience members.

Production Team

Book Writer
Musical Director
Stage Manager
Costume Designer
Projections Designer
Violet Barnum
Sound Designer
Lawrence Tang
Lighting Designer
Seb Seager
Head Electrician
Set Designer
Set Designer
Props Designer
Props Designer