I love science.
The stories of discovery, the unfolding of human knowledge, the democracy of method, and the life of scientists. I find deep and thrilling drama in the course of scientific progress and put it onstage as much as possible.
I also lecture on science and theatre – and teach a class called Play Math.
Here’s what’s new and coming up:
View my entire talk, “Survival of the Storied”, at the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival below.
Ada Lovelace (1815-1852): countess, metaphysician… computer programmer. Estranged daughter of the flamboyant and notorious leader of the Romantic Movement, Lord Byron, young Ada only knows her father through his poetry—nothing more than a haunting memory from the past. But Ada sees the future in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. A gifted mathematician in her own right, Ada alone foresees the boundless creative potential of Babbage’s engine. As she writes the first computer program, Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she will not live to see.”
Read more at AdaPlay.tumblr.com
Silent Sky, is now published at Dramatist Play Service, and is running across the country. The play, about astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, garnered raves at Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit, Forward Theatre of Madison, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Tampa Rep, Main Street Theatre in Houston, and even in Albania.
Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight – about physicist Emilie Du Chatelet – opened to raves in Boston at Nora Theatre at Central Square, October 2014:
“What excited me about the play, though, was the underlying theme of the relationship-the correct relationship-between science and theater. Science is about finding out the truth, Emilie implies, while drama is about creating what you want to see. Playwrights invent, actors lie, but scientists discover.”
– Robin Abrahams
Emilie (pictured above) played At Theatre Pro Rata in Minneapolis June 2013 and garnered city-wide praise. A month later Emilie was at The Weird Sisters in Atlanta in August, then at WAM Theatre in Massachusetts in November. The WAM production was revived this year to tour Massachusetts.
Silent Sky, played to raves at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto January 2014! Based on the life and work of astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, the San Francisco Chronicle called it “sheer magic” TheatreDogs said “mind-expanding, heart-expanding”
Silent Sky premiered at South Coast Rep April 2011.
By And By – a new play about biology and human cloning – premieres at the prestigious Shotgun Players in Berkeley May 31st. More here.
The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and her dog!) – a science musical for girls – heads to a state-wide tour of Florida this Spring with City Theatre in Miami and Orlando Rep! Wonderful premiered at The Kennedy Center in October of 2011 to rave reviews. Listen to some of the science songs here.
Look out for a new picture book about Dr. Wonderful and her dog published next year by Amazon.com.
In development for a new TV show based on science fairs for MTV.
And here’s all the rest:
Fire Work won the Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project.
Lauren initiated the first ever Playwright In Residence at The Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics in January 2010
Lauren was a featured panelist at the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in the “Science in the Theatre” Session, Feb. 17th 2010 in San Diego.
Lauren’s science screenplay Grand Unification won a Sloan Screenplay Prize.
Lauren’s science play Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight premiered at South Coast Rep Spring of 2009
Her chemistry-inspired play, Fire Work, was featured The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2009.
Great website for Marin Theatre’s tour of Short History of Nearly Everything here – also includes links to all auxiliary info.
Lauren is featured in TWO Southern Theatre Magazine articles – one on Science Theatre.
Lauren’s reading of her science play, Background, to honor the late Dr. Ralph Alpher in New York City was November 20th, 2008 .This reading was sponsored and hosted by The Graduate Center at City University of New York. Details here.
Her article on science and theatre is featured in UK based science journal THE SCIENTIST.