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'Are humans crazy to do this love thing': Extraterrestrials explore romance in Touchstone musical

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HeadEye: The Musical begins on Feb. 29 at Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Audiences at Touchstone Theatre's latest offering can find out what happens to a space creature centaur from above when he falls in love with an Earthling for the first time.

"HeadEye: the Musical," a raunchy romp suitable for adults only, will blast off Feb. 29 atTouchstone, at 321 E. Fourth St.

Micaela Hood
Bethlehem Mayor Willie Reynolds welcomed two extraterrestrials to the city on Wednesday.

The performance will contain sexual content and explicit references to drug use, and may not be suitable for children. Flashing lights will also be used throughout.

The musical, written and directed by Touchstone Artistic Director Jp Jordan and ensemble member Christopher Shorr, features the psychedelic music of Jason E.R. Hedrington.

Four years ago, Hedrington released his solo album "Earth Girls" under the pseudonym HeadEye.

Described as part-classic Broadway musical and part-titillating burlesque show, the love story tells the story of different type of HeadEye, who was sent to Christmas City to study our arts, culture and music.

Those who attend the show may recognize Headeye, a one-eyed member of a blue-and-yellow-looking extraterrestrial species from Tralfamadore.

The creatures first landed in the city back in September after their UFO crashed into Payrow Plaza, but left after Mayor Willie Reynolds helped assess a team to fix their spaceship.

In place of them is another curious visitor — one who wears a disguise to fit in among us humans.

Storyline revolves around love

What HeadEye didn't expect is a close encounter with a lovable Lehigh Valley lady who is drawn to his quirkiness and galactic charms.

"When the HeadEye is back on his ship with his crew, he's ruminating on all that happened to him on Earth and wondering what was this whole love thing all about," Schorr said of the 90-minute play.

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Micaela Hood
The extraterrestrials scared a penguin during a press conference after they crashed into Bethlehem's City Hall.

"Back on his plane, there is no love. The HeadEye are a sort of a science-based race that relies on logic and reason.

"So he wonders, is this love something that should be pursued or are humans just kind of crazy to be doing this love thing?"

While the storyline revolves around love and all its grandeur, Schorr and Jordan said they hope to inspire other types of out-of-this-world notions.

"Love is kind of a stand-in for any number of things that involve exploration, the unknown and risk," he said.

"It's about having the courage to explore things and ask questions, even if there's risk involved, and even if it involves going against some of the rules, or expect expectations or norms of your culture."

Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for seniors and students.

Pay what-you-will-tickets are available at the door on Thursdays.

For more information, go to the Tochstone website.