About the Science play Catalogue

Denise Gillman shares the origins of the online Science Play Catalogue

The science play catalogue grew out of a list of my favorite science play titles shared with colleagues.  In 2007, I authored an article for Southern Theater magazine about science plays, which included a compilation of my top twenty science plays.  It was at that time I began collecting science play titles in earnest. In 2015, Christopher Newport University awarded me a sabbatical to support my research and cataloguing of these plays.   In 2016, Shannon Farrow, Danielle Hartman and I began a science play think tank, which included developing the catalogue. In 2017, I consulted with Dr. Trevor Hoag and Dr. Nicole Emmelhainz who head up CNU’s Digital Humanities minor to identify the best online platform for the catalogue.  We also discussed how to involve our students in the cataloging process. From this partnership, Brooke Sanders, a senior in Communication and minor in Digital Humanities, joined our team and began the process of designing and uploading the catalogue’s content. Students from my Science on the Stage class have also contributed to the website by creating blog posts of individual plays as in-class assignments.  Meaghan Yesford, a CNU sophomore theater major and recipient of a 2018 Summer Scholar fellowship, will be researching and creating posts for the science play database this summer. Jake Caracciolo, a CNU junior majoring in environmental studies and minoring in theater, has been researching and posting environmental plays for the catalogue since February 2018.

The current science play catalogue is a compilation of lists from the following sources:

Where is the Hope? Edited by Chantal Bilodeau. This book is an anthology of short climate change plays.

Science on Stage:  From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen by Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

The course Staging Science list of science play by Professor Marvin Carlson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Theatre and Professor Brian Schwartz, Department of Physics and Vice President of Research at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Science: Dramatic:  Science Plays in America and Great Britain, 1990-2007 by Eva-Sabine Zehelein.

Curtain Up, an internet Theater Magazine, annotated list of science & math related plays reviewed by Elyse Sommer.

All About Jewish Theatre News website, Science in Theater list of science plays by Judy Kupferman.

Dramatists and the Bomb:  American and British Playwrights Confront the Nuclear Age, 1945-1964 by Charles A. Carpenter.

Ensemble Studio Theater website features science plays that have premiered as part of the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project.

LA Theatre Works Relativity Series website features actors reading a selected group of science plays.

Science Center Stage, a website created by Dr. Chris Sinclair in the UK.  http://www.sci-stage.com/

Mathematical Fiction, a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston) http://kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFICT/default.html

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