The How and the Why

by Sarah Treem
directed by Emily Mann
originally produced at McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ .
January 7, 2011 through February 13, 2011

About the Premiere Production:

Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem’s thought-provoking and sharp new play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices women of every generation face.

Artistic Statement

From Mara Isaacs, Producing Director:
As both a language play and a play of ideas, The How and the Why embodies McCarter’s commitment to creating work that engages in the questions of our time and to producing stories that resonate across generational and, in this case, gender divides. We are particularly excited by Sarah Treem’s prodigious talents, as she has already exhibited a command of her craft that is far beyond her years.

What this grant has allowed us to do:

From Mara Isaacs, Producing Director:
We’re grateful to The Edgerton Foundation for providing us with this much needed extra week of rehearsal. The additional time will provide the freedom to explore and develop both the character relationships and the scientific accuracy upon which the play hinges.

Director: Emily Mann
Set Design: Daniel Ostling
Lighting Design: Stephen Strawbridge
Costume Design: Jennifer Moeller

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