In the late 1840s, before the age of Pasteur and Lister and the knowledge of sepsis, a Hungarian obstetrician named Ignaz Semmelweis found that the simple expedient of hand-washing could help physicians reduce childbed fever by up to 90 percent.
The Relativity Series presents science as a thoroughly human endeavor, bringing to life the people and stories behind the research and invention which shapes and changes our world.
The Ensemble Studio Theatre has partnered with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project to create a platform for new science-themed plays.
In the 1840s Alabama, Dr. George Barry is on the verge of a miraculous cure: treatment for fistulas, a common but painful complication of childbirth. To achieve his medical breakthrough, Dr. Barry performs experimental surgeries on a group of enslaved women afflicted with the condition.
In this comedy, which starred Cynthia Nixon and Evan Handler Off-Broadway, Lily juggles the big issues: turning forty, artificial insemination and the elusive scientific Theory of Everything.
A brilliant battle of wits takes place in this extraordinary play. Ken Harrison, a successful sculptor, is paralyzed in a car accident and kept alive by support systems in a hospital.
William Shumway, a young, idealistic cellular biologist with a brilliant new idea for curing cancer, is recruited from a relative obscurity to Hill-Matheson, a major cancer research institute, by its charismatic director, Bob Brock, with[…]
Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler’s Boy explores the tricky terrain of finding lover amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient.
Loosely based on the real figure of Johann Christian Woyzeck, Georg Buchner’s –Woyzeck -is a naturalist indictment of the dehumanizing effects of the military and science on unsuspecting victims.
In Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, set in 1980s New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping[…]
At the start of Wit, Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching brilliantly difficult Holy Sonnets of the metaphysical poet John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal[…]
This celebrated play deals with the medical profession, with the doctors and nurses who consecrate themselves to the Hippocratian ideal, and with a young doctor’s initiation into the rigorous realities without which the profession of[…]
Brian Friel’s play tells the story of Molly, a woman who has been blind since infancy, who undergoes an operation to attempt to restore her sight.
The Doctor’s Dilemma is a problem play about the moral dilemmas created by limited medical resources, and the conflicts between the demands of private medicine as a business and a vocation.
Goethe’s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world.
In the Next Room or the vibrator play hovers at the dawn of electricity when enthusiasm for the light bulb gave rise to a handy new instrument to treat female hysteria
This edition of Doctor Faustus features annotated versions, with modernized spelling and punctuation, of the 1604 “A-text” and the 1592 text of Marlowe’s source, the English Faust Book—a translation of the best-selling Historia von Johann[…]
In an effort to get medical help for Alabama tenant farmers, their nurse, Miss Evers, convinces them to join a government study to treat venereal disease.
Cancer Tales is a series of five linked, short plays by Nell Dunn that tell the story of seven women, either patients with cancer or close relatives.