Sarah (Erin Tripp) slides a record to Carl (Jared Olin) while the two low-level NASA workers work to make the 1970s Voyager project happen in a dress rehearsal for Perseverance Theatre’s “Voyager One.” On Wednesday, organizers announced that the show has inspired a time capsule, which will be created in cooperation with arts organizations across the state. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Life imitates art

Decade-hopping play inspires time capsule effort

A new effort by the Perseverance Theatre seeks to capture the items of today for posterity.

On Wednesday, organizers announced that Alaska’s professional theater company will work with arts organizations across the state to create a time capsule that reflects life as it’s lived today.

“We hope that in collaborating with different leaders, we can decide together what sorts of things belong in the time capsule,” said Irene Martinko, literary associate at Perseverance Theatre and chairperson of the Statewide Time Capsule Committee, in a news release.

Once complete, the time capsule will be hosted onsite at Perseverance Theatre, which is located on Douglas Island.

[Review: A fantastic ‘Voyager’ welcomes audiences back to Perseverance Theatre]

Finding Inspiration

According to the news release, Perseverance Theatre’s current production of “Voyager One” by Jared Michael Delaney is the inspiration behind the project. The play is a decade-jumping story about two people who are connected to Nasa’s 1977 space probe, Voyager One.

[First-ever Tlingit opera will premiere locally]

The Voyager project included a record — plated in gold and officially called the “Golden Record” — filled with an eclectic mix of music. The record also included various “Sounds of Earth,” greetings in 55 different languages and images designed to share humankind with any extraterrestrial being who might discover Voyager 1 on its journey.

If an organization is interested in supporting this initiative, contact

Contact reporter Dana Zigmund @ or 907-308-4891.

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