Science Plays in Production Jan-April 2007

Science Plays in Production: Jan-April 2007

(listed alphabetically by show title)

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, adapted and directed by Lauren Gunderson

Actors Express Theatre, Atlanta GA
Now touring, ongoing.


A Short History of Nearly Everything

tours the sciences lead by four genius of the Western world: Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Charles Darwin.
This hilarious, fast-paced play, performed by the Actors Express Company 2006, covers many scientific topics including Relativity, Quantum Theory, Evolution, and conservation. The fast, funny 45-minute play is now available to tour to schools, museums, and community centers.


Ben Franklin’s Glass Armonica – an evening of music and physics

City University of New York, The Graduate Center
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 8:00 PM
The glass armonica’s celestial sound is created by placing moistened fingers on the edges of revolving crystal bowls of different sizes. Learn the history of Franklin’s invention and hear a performance by Cecilia Brauer including Mozart’s composition for the instrument. Composer Peter Kirn will discuss the physics behind the sound and how he has re-imagined the instrument in digital sound with visual effects.

Bot by C. Michèle Kaplan, directed by Artistic Director Chris Smith

Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Runs March 3-29, 2007
A teenager’s vision will change our world forever. And his parents are too consumed by their own high-powered urban lives to recognize the meaning of their son’s success.

By Proxy by Amy Fox (reading)

Ensemble Studio Theatre’s First Light Festival
Friday, April 20, 7 PM
BY PROXY follows the story of Sonia, a young doctor working for the top researcher of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, who makes a startling discovery about a closely studied family, which leads to a personal and professional dilemma.

Einstein’s Dreams based on the international best-selling novel by Alan Lightman

Underground Railway Theatre’s Catalyst Collaborative Performance Series, Boston, MA
Runs April 19-29, 2007
Set in Berne, Switzerland in 1905, Einstein is a modest patent clerk in a new marriage, struggling to make ends meet while finishing his Theory of Relativity. Einstein’s Dreams creates time-tangled, absurd and poetic worlds that illustrate the tragedy and beauty of the human condition.

First Light Festival First Public Readings

Ensemble Studio Theatre
April 2-9
New science plays will receive their first public readings during First Light Festival
See website for all details and times.

Galois by Sung Rno (reading)

Ensemble Studio Theatre’s First Light Festival
Monday, April 23, 7 PM
Math, love and revolution collide in this music theater piece exploring the romantic life of Evariste Galois, who invented a branch of mathematics, Galois Groups, as a teenager, but died at 21, the victim of a tragic duel over a woman amid the radical politics of France in the 1830s.

Me and Madam Curie by Alec Duffy (reading)

Ensemble Studio Theatre’s First Light Festival Friday
April 27, 7 PM
In this magical drama, Madelyn, a 16-year old science whiz, competes to be selected by NASA for the first “manned” mission to Mars. To help her, she enlists the aid of Marie Curie, who exposes her to the idea that science may ask for a more personal sacrifice than one bargained for.

Serendib by David Zellnik

Ensemble Studio Theatre’s First Light Festival
Previews: March 28-April 2, Runs: April 4 -22
Serendib investigates how the dynamics of a group of primate field researchers amusingly mirrors the closely observed behavior of a troop of Sri Lankan temple monkeys.

The Silencer by Rhiannon Tise

Touring Kings Cross, London, UK
Touring UK and Internationally – Feb 26th – March 30, 2007
The Silencer presents confronting the truth about global warming as a matter of conscience, which we cannot undertake without the willingness to leave our comfort zone behind.

The Very Best of Carpenter Science Theatre Company Storytelling!

Carpenter Science Theatre Company, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA
24 Mar – 13 May 2007
Wed – Fri at 11:00 am and 12:00 noon; Sat – Sun at 1:00 and 2:00 pm
The Carpenter Science Theater Company is known for its powerful storytelling performances. Our professional tale tellers have been featured on stages throughout the region and the country, as well as on location at every City of Richmond elementary school. We’ve chosen several of our most popular stories, including “The Curse of King Tut’s Tomb” and “Icarus and Daedelus,” for your entertainment. These stories relate to several science themes, including archeology, astronomy, natural science and aviation. Come relax and enjoy yourself for 10-15 minutes of superb entertainment in the Eureka Theater! Recommended for audiences age 4 and up.