Three Atlanta playwrights take a new look at Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the context of modern scientific research being conducted at Emory. Taking place in the stunning Science Commons, come witness artistic creations animated in the midst of the scientific ideas that inspired them. Join ethicists, scientists and artists to discuss the work over food and refreshments. Featured Playwrights are Edith Freni, Neeley Gossett, and Addae Moon.
Audiences are invited to attend either Act I, Act II or the full evening. Each Act consists of one or two short plays. Doors open at 5:30 for Act I, 6:00 pm for curtain. Doors open at 7pm for Act II, 7:30pm for curtain.
Free parking is available in the Peavine Visitor Lot or the Oxford Road Parking Deck.
Enter Atwood Chemistry Center from Dowman Drive.
Come witness artistic creations animated in the midst of the scientific ideas that inspired them -- Directed by Lydia Fort
The Rites of Men, by Edith Freni at 6:00 p.m.
At a closed-door symposium in 1957, a group of the country’s leading scientists debate their visions for a future they fear may never come. One hundred years later, two women trapped in a prison camp use folk magic to escape their dire circumstances. One hundred years after that, the consequences of that magic are realized in a lab-created monster who is desperate to understand what it means to be a human man.
Indian Maeve, by Neeley Gosset at 6:45 p.m.
Nadine, a lepidopterist, travels to India in order to clone a subspecies of butterflies that has disappeared due to a year without summer. While on her journey, she must also make a personal decision about using an Indian surrogate to bear children. The play addresses butterfly cloning and evolution, as well as the ethics of using women in developing nations as pregnancy surrogates.
A Light Beneath the Skin, by Addae Moon at 7:30 p.m.
As Victoria struggles to overcome a traumatic event, a doorway into the future emerges. A LIGHT BENEATH THE SKIN alludes to the moral and ethical concerns of epigenetics and human cloning.
Frankenstein Goes Back to the Lab is produced by The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory for the Atlanta Science Festival, hosted by the Department of Chemistry, and is supported by the Emory Center for Ethics through its Ethics & the Arts and Emory Integrity Project programs.
Presented by Emory University