Science in the Theater

Sunday, February 21, 2010: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Room 1B (San Diego Convention Center)
There has been a slow but steady increase in interest in science-based theater and film over the past several years. Theatre, unlike film, affords more intellectually complex and in-depth explorations of scientific subjects. Popular examples, such as "Copenhagen" or "Proof," push this mini-genre forward. How much "hard science" do or should such plays contain? Can or should plays be used as a teaching tool? In the current incarnation of this genre, there are many creative nonfiction plays about real scientists and/or actual scientific milestones, realistic scientists being introduced as believable characters into other dramatic storylines, and purely fictional stories with accurate science in them that is central to the plot. In this symposium, published playwrights will discuss science in the theater in the context of their own efforts.
Vince LiCata, Louisiana State University
Vince LiCata, Louisiana State University
Carl Djerassi, Stanford University
Science-in-Theater: Sleeping Beauty or...?
Lauren Gunderson, Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship
History, Science, and Sass Onstage
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