WEST COAST PREMIERE
American Theatre Critics Association “Best New Play” 2010
Two brilliant women, centuries apart, push the boundaries of science while grappling with motherhood in this theatrically adventurous comedy.
Physicist Émilie du Châtelet, a young poet and lover of famous French philosopher Voltaire, worries about her fate after she unexpectedly becomes pregnant. Driven by fear and ambition, she races to publish her theories based on Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion. Linked together by scientific legacy and maternal instincts, accomplished astrophysicist Olivia and her husband Peter want to conceive but cannot. Olivia’s attention turns to her new “child,” a planet she’s discovered in the midst of hiring a quirky and free-spirited surrogate. This touching and whimsical tale leaves us asking: Does the birth of a child ultimately mean as much to the world as the birth of an idea?
Approx. Performance Run Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, with one 20 minute intermission.
|Ghostlight - Insight Night||Opening Night Afters!|
|Post-show Discussion||Creative Playshop|
|American Sign Language Interpreted Show @ 3pm|