Joined: Feb 9, 2013
Posted at 9:53 pm on Apr 18, 2013
Asteroid Belt by Lauren Feldman is a very powerful and emotional play. Lauren Feldman brings the characters to life by expressing their strong emotions during a tragic time in their lives. Asteroid Belt is a story about a young college student coming home late from a play rehearsal. Prior to getting into a car accident, Carly knew that she was about to die because she was "never good at spontaneity". Her parents are home, worried about her. Her mother has a strong feeling that something is wrong.
What ends up happening to Carly at the end of the play is hard to say. Whether Carly survives the car accident is left for the reader to decide. However, Feldman uses the word "blackout" as the last word in the play. This could be symbolic of Carly's life ending.
In a car accident of that magnitude it is hard to imagine someone surviving, regardless of the size of Carly's vehicle. Her mother's intuition is what sways my opinion that Carly died in the accident. The parents reaction as the mother spills her water further pulls me into thinking Carly did not make it.
On the contray, Carly mentions that she has a seat belt, airbag and functional brakes in her car and this may have helped her to survive the impact.
The name of the play is Asteroid Belt. The literal definition according to Merriam-Webster, is "the region of interplanetary space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in which most asteroids are found". This could be symbolic of Carly being in a place of limbo, not dead or alive.