More than a monologue, The Purpose of Matter in the Universe is a multi-media event, combining video and film projection, a slide show, music and other audio elements to take the audience along on this literal and emotional journey. Joe prepares to uproot his comfortable (if not altogether happy) existence in California for a new life in Florida. Eschewing a plane ride, he takes a road trip cross-country, but finds himself suffering emotional meltdown almost before he gets started. Along the way, he is joined by several travel mates, including his born-again mother, his pill-popping step-mother, some old classmates, and his lesbian soul mate. Part of the "Eighth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival."