Outline of the Course “Staging Science”

Mondays 4:15-6:15 PM, The Graduate Center, Room 3305

Professor Marvin Carlson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Theatre
Professor Brian Schwartz, Department of Physics and Vice President for Research

Monday, Sept. 8: Course Overview

Monday, Sept. 15: Pre 19th century plays: Johnson, The Alchemist, Lyly, Gallathea, Marlowe, Dr. Faustus

Monday, Sept. 22: Turn of the century plays: Ibsen, Enemy of the People, Shaw, The Doctor’s Dilemma

Monday, Sept. 29: Plays of the 1920s and 1930s: Witkiewicz, Tumor Brainowicz, Capek, R.U.R., Brecht, Galileo

Tuesday, Oct. 7: The new physics and the atom bomb I: Frayn, Copenhagen

CLASSROOM GUEST: Jennifer Uphoff Gray: Associate Director, National Touring Company of Copenhagen

Monday, Oct. 20: The new physics and the atom bomb II: Flanagan, E=mc^2, Durrenmatt, The Physicists, Kipphardt, In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

COURSE SUPPLEMENT: Science as Theater – Theater as Science, Lecture by Dr. Harry Lustig, 6 pm, Room 4102, The Science Center
Dr. Harry Lustig is professor of physics emeritus and provost emeritus at the City College of the City University of New York, Treasurer Emeritus of the American Physical Society, and Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico.

Monday, Oct. 27: Plays about physicist Richard Feynman: Parnell, “QED”, Giron, Moving Bodies

COURSE SUPPLEMENT: The one-man play Feynman Lives! 6 pm, Elebash Recital Hall
Who won the Nobel Prize, kept people awake by playing bongo drums at Los Alamos and wrote a best-seller? No one but the brilliant and irrepressible physicist Richard Feynman. Film and television actor Norman Parker will perform a solo tribute, delivering Feynman’s wit and wisdom in his own words. No Feynman evening is complete without Feynman’s bongo teachers, Ralph Leighton and Tom Rutishauser who will perform before the play and during intermission.

Monday, Nov. 3: Plays about biology and ethics: Clyman, The Secret Order, Churchill, A Number, Wertennbaker, After Darwin

COURSE SUPPLEMENT: A staged reading of the play promises.com, 7 pm, Elebash Recital Hall
On the brink of a revolutionary discovery, a liberal biologist must choose between altruism and financial success. This staged reading of award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz’s promises.com will star Bob Dishy, Sharon Hope, Gregory Simmonds, and Dena Tyler, directed by Michael Morris. An audience talk-back with the author, director, and cast will immediately follow the reading.

Monday, Nov. 10: Science plays and comedy: Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Wells, Schrödinger’s Girlfriend

CLASSROOM GUEST: Matthews Wells, Author of Schrödinger’s Girlfriend

Monday, Nov. 17: Plays written by scientists: Djerassi and Hoffmann, Oxygen, Djerassi, An Immaculate Misconception

CLASSROOM GUEST: Lou Massa, Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Hunter College, Host of the program, Science and the Written Word, Tuesdays on CUNY TV

Monday, Nov. 24: Science plays and music: Rosenblum and Lessner, Fermat’s Last Tango, and Einstein’s Dream

CLASSROOM GUESTS: Joshua Rosenblum and Joanne Sydney Lessner, music, book and lyrics

Monday, Dec. 1: Stoppard: Hapgood and Arcadia

COURSE SUPPLEMENT: Look Up! “Chaos” comes to New York, 6 pm, Elebash Recital Hall
CUNY joins forces with Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) for an evening of fascinating talk, music and images by physicist James Crutchfield and David Dunn, composer and audio engineer. Together they spearhead “The Theatre of Pattern Formation” project, a visual and auditory articulation of Chaos Theory, designed for the LodeStar Astronomy Center in Santa Fe, NM and for planetariums everywhere.

Monday, Dec. 8: Plays about women scientists: Fenwick, Pierre and Marie: Love and Chemistry, Friedman, Remembering Miss Meitner, Nachtmann, Thread of Life

COURSE SUPPLEMENT: A staged reading of the play Pierre and Marie: Love and Chemistry. 6 pm
Elebash Recital Hall
In a small laboratory in Paris in the 1890s, Pierre and Marie Curie discover uranium, radium and love. Pierre and Marie, adapted by Ron Clark from the original French play by Jean-Noel Fenwick, and is equal parts science, history and riotously charming comedy. Reading by Break A Leg Productions.

Monday, Dec. 15: Support for Science and Technology and Theatre: The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project

CLASSROOM GUESTS: J. Holtham, Program Director, EST, DeLora Whitney, Associate Program Director, EST. Also two playwrights who have had support for their plays by EST, Robert Clyman, The Secret Order, and Arthur Giron, Moving Bodies.

Monday, Dec. 22: Exam week