Potential parents Dan and Peg invest their hopes in a robotic Trial Child named, Torrent. A new technology that allows parents to gleam their future children's level of self-control and create an impulse training program accordingly, Torrent pushes Dan and Peg to evaluate their expectations around child-rearing in their futuristic society. In this utterly ridiculous, put-all-your-faith in technology story, “Trial Child: Nurture a Better Nature” deconstructs the narratives we cling to in American life today and exposes those we actively try to avoid.

“Trial Child” Has Shown At:
MOCA Tucson

The Hand

Screen Share Gallery

Written, Directed & Performed by:

Scotty Wagner

Set Design & Art Direction by:

Bailey Hikawa

Original Music by:

Ben Christensen

Costumes by:

Ainsley Buhl

Director of Photography:

Alan Bucaria

Second Camera:
Starr Sanford

Sound Recorder:
Mateo Escalante

Production Assistant:
Vanessa Ayala

Nadia Talley, Dominic Riolo, Alyssa Rogers & Brenda Morales

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