Have you ever wondered what guilt looks like? How better to explore it than to seat a group of twenty-something-year-olds at the scene of a tragedy, then follow their newly embarked lives as they navigate the world saddled with unbearable weight?
In Carry the One, Carol Anshaw traces the paths of six friends whose lives become irrevocably altered by a single decision that plays out in a matter of seconds around three in the morning out on Route 14. Choosing to get behind the wheel after a night of drinking and drugs, they hit and kill a child. As potent as any intoxicant, guilt now courses through their veins, heightening their fears, dulling their logic, awakening the ghosts of their pasts…. Nothing will ever be the same for them, though in very different ways.
Entwined and parallel lives provide a multifarious medium to look at the unexpected and unpleasant experiences we might possibly encounter.
Can you think of any wrong turns that would wreak detours of havoc for your ensemble cast? How about—
- Witnessing a crime
- Committing a crime
- Losing a loved one from an accident or crime
- Dropping out of school
- Cheating death when others weren’t as fortunate
- Cheating on a major milestone
- Agreeing to lie
- Taking something that rightfully belongs to others