Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
Ensemble Studio Theatre Mainstage Productions
Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler (2010) Sixteen London, 1953. Scientists are on the verge of discovering what they call the secret of life: the DNA double helix. Providing the key is driven young physicist Rosalind Franklin. But if the double helix was the breakthrough of the 20th century, then what kept Franklin out of the history books?
Lenin's Embalmers by Vern Thiessen (2009) A dark comedy set against the backdrop of Stalin's rise to power in the Soviet Union, Lenin's Embalmers is the story of two biochemists charged with embalming, and preserving for all eternity, Lenin's body. Using new and inventive scientific techniques they succeed admirably, but will it be enough to save them from Stalin's purges?
End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer (2008) Sixteen year old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her, hard. And the Apocalypse is is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.
Lucy by Damien Atkins (2007)
A play about an ambitious archeologist suddenly forced to reexamine her life when she must care for her estranged autistic daughter.
Serendib by David Zelnik (2007)
A Shakespearean comedy about scientists studying Macaque monkeys, and inadvertently, themselves, in Sri Lanka.
Relativity by Cassandra Medley (2006)
A compelling family drama about race and genetics opened in New York under Tavis Wilks direction to excellent notices. Medley subsequently won the 2006 Audelco-August Wilson Award for outstanding playwright and Relativity was published by Broadway Play Publishing.
Luminescence Dating by Carey Peloff (2005)
A play about a female archeologist, her obssessive search for a lost statue of Aprhodite, and her broken heart.
Tooth and Claw by Michael Holinger (2004)
a play about the clash between environmentalists and native fisherman on the Gallapagos Islands.
String Fever by Jacquelyn Reingold (2003)
Starring Cynthia Nixon, this play broke EST box office records. String Fever was later published by Samuel R. French and selected for a 2003 anthology of best plays by women playwrights.
The Secret Order by Bob Clyman (2002)
A play about a young scientist's breakthrough discovery in cancer research and the money and ethics involved in bio-research.
Louis Slotin Sonata by Paul Mullins (2001)
A play about a brilliant scientist's deterioration and descent into death caused by radiation poisoning and his ultimate redemption.
Moving Bodies by Arthur Giron (2000)
An inspired and totally original look at Richard Feynman's life.
Tesla's Letters by Jeff Stanley (1999)
A play about one American's journey to Belgrade to study the life of Nikola Tesla during the Serbian/Croatian conflict and the choices she must make.
Flight by Arthur Giron (1998)
A penetrating family drama about the Wright Brothers.
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