what's your favorite play? before it became a hit, someone gave it a chance. now's your turn.
- Four playwrights.
- Four scientists.
- Three incredible new stories.
COLLIDER: NEW PLAY PROJECT shares new stories that focus on the mysteries of the universe as they relate to the human experience. The project is the first of its kind. Three playwrights have been selected and paired with scientists from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to develop new works around the worlds of art, science, and technology.
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- To share new stories with the community that unite art, science, and technology.
- To promote arts, creativity, imagination, & exploration
- To promote new work.
Playwrights and scientists will communicate via email, skype, phone, and blog to ask questions and explore different ideas. Then, playwrights will write a world premiere play. Each play will have one staged reading during the 2012 St. Charles Summer Theater Fest.
QUARK, by Gloria Bond Clunie
QUARK is a four character drama that embraces love, death, and the stars when Dr. Alexandra Seabold, an astrophysicist, and her husband Terry, a kindergarten teacher, wrestle with personal tragedy, commercial space travel, and feeding our starving planet. A highly introspective and very visual play, Quark uplifts as it tackles the challenging themes of death and dying, social responsibility, education and scientific literacy, and love and loss.
Saturday, July 7 at 1 PM
LIFE ELECTRIC by Kevin Kautzman and Charles Midwinter
LIFE ELECTRIC is a new, as-yet-unwritten play inspired by James Delbourgo’s A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders. The play will take place in the world of the 1740s and 50s and tackle issues around electricity, performance and enlightenment at the root of the American character. Our principal source text will be A Most Amazing Scene of Wonders, which we will use as an inspiration and reference. The play will explore the diminishment of spectacle and wonder around scientific innovation as electricity (or the “electric fire”) moves from the hands of a second-class showman and into the hands of Benjamin Franklin, a man who helped shape America as much as any other in the 18th century. Witnessed out of our turbulent, technologically super-saturated present, the show we hope will serve as a reminder of the wonder that underpins our advanced technology and draw narrative threads between these innovations, spectacle, the American character, democratic values, and the tension in our national character between ancient and primal superstition and “enlightened” scientific pragmatism.
Saturday, July 14 @ 1 PM
THE PENTAEON by Monica Byrne
The Fate of the Universe follows six members of the Caltech astrophysics department as they settle into their annual fall retreat--the research theme being “The Fate of the Universe”--at a redwood forest lodge. These six people are looking forward to the academic year, to all of their experiments and talks and courses and conferences, and to furthering their relationships, both friendly and romantic. However, at the outset of the retreat, Wendy Ho, a tenured professor of astrophysics and the keynote speaker, delivers an address that presents the strongest evidence yet for how the universe will end: in a slow dissipation--the “Big Freeze”-- rather than a reunion, or a “Big Crunch.” Over bag lunches, the characters discuss this finding. Their reactions range from logical to emotional, and they begin to question how this finding reflects on the nature of existence itself. Can intimacy be preserved in such a universe? Should we try? What does it mean that humans need narrative, but the universe is fundamentally a-narrative? What does it mean that all human effort will ultimately be erased by entropy? On the last day, the group takes a hike in the woods, during which they all become separated and lost--a foreshadow of the fate of the universe. Each member ponders aloneness in their own way--as death, as liberation, as a trap, as cold scientific fact.
Saturday, July 21 @ 1 PM
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