The fascinating and troubling figure of the scientist, experiments with the stuff of life, and the desire to go beyond common experience and ethics in search of the unknown all make for groundbreaking theater. We will read and discuss five bold plays, all available on film. From Christopher Marlowe’s legendary seeker Dr. Faustus, to Susan Glaspell’s revolutionary feminist The Verge, to A Disappearing Number, Théâtre de Complicité’s beautiful meditation on mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, we will grapple with the costs and triumphs of pioneering, blasphemous thought.
Anthony Clarvoe is a nationally recognized playwright who has received American Theatre Critics, Bay Area Theatre Critics, LA Drama Critics, and Elliot Norton (New England critics) awards; Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships; and commissions from theaters across the states. His play Our Practical Heaven won Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project competition and the Edgerton New Play Award.