Age of Bees

Original Works Publishing
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 Synopsis:  The bees have gone, disease and scarcity are rampant, but Mel, a young pollinator, finds refuge on an isolated farm. This place is fertile and safe, and Mel counts herself lucky to have a place where – even if it is not exactly happy – she has a purpose. When that purpose and safety are threatened, Mel faces an awful choice: will she risk leaving this relative safety, or will she hide from greater dangers, even if it means giving up some chance that something good can grow in this ruined world?

Cast Size:  1 Male, 3 Females

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Original Works Publishing
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Published on
Dec 31, 2015
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Pages
101
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ISBN
9781630920708
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English
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Drama / American / General
Drama / Women Authors
Performing Arts / Theater / Playwriting
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