A Night at the (Science) Theater

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Illustration of gloved hands holding tweezers and manipulating a DNA string, with chemical molecule illustrations in the background.
Can theater help us understand CRISPR, epigenetics, or the evolution of birds?

Join us for this exploration of art and science through excerpts from three new plays commissioned through Manhattan Theatre Club's partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support plays based on science and technology: Regressions by Jen SilvermanAsilomar by Dipika Guha, and Sparrows of the New World by Madeleine George. Tyne Rafaeli will be directing. 

After the plays’ public reading, the playwrights will be joined for a post-reading discussion, moderated by Museum Curator Ruth Angus of the Department of Astrophysics, with epigenetics expert Bianca Jones Marlin, the Herbert and Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Cell Research at the Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University, CRISPR expert Carlotta Ronda of Columbia University, and Joel Cracraft, Lamont Curator in the Museum’s Department of Ornithology. 

This program is presented in collaboration with Manhattan Theater Club and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s program for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology.