MACH 33 Festival

Each year, MACH 33—which engages students and staff at Caltech and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in the selection, development, and performance of new science-driven plays—culminates in staged readings and fully produced shows in the spring. .

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The Living

London, 1665. In the midst of a terrifying and inexplicable epidemic that will ultimately kill over 20% of the city’s population, a handful of residents struggle to respond to the cataclysm that threatens to engulf them.

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The Half-Life of Marie Curie

With the stress of Marie Curie’s recent love affair overshadowing her scientific discovery, that awards her a 2nd Nobel prize, looming overhead. Friend Ayrton encourages them to escape the scrutiny of Paris, and spend time at her Seaside home in Britain.

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Radium Girls

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage – until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.

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The Blue Puzzle

A father reminisces over the memories he made with his son figuring out jigsaw puzzles. While the father completes the puzzle, he realizes that there is a solution to the mass of pieces, just as there is a solution to save our planet.

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Start Where You Are

Parker enters Ames house, cussing about President Trump for his EPA budget cuts. These cuts have laid him and thirteen other employees off, but they also represent the loss of hope for institutional combats to[…]

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The Mound Builders

At an archaeological dig in the Midwest, a party of the university scientists are unearthing vestiges of a lost Indian civilization. Heading the group is Dr. Howe, accompanied by his wife and daughter and by[…]

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Mnemonic

The play begins with a lecture by the director, who encourages the audience to try to recall past memories. It then tells two parallel stories: in one, a man named Virgil tries to find his[…]

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Hypatia, or, The Divine Algebra

Wellman’s new play follows Hypatia’s imaginary trajectory from that spectacle through 8th Century Byzantium and then on to the early 20th Century, when she wanders into Alexandria, Virginia and first lays eyes on a bicycle.

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Another Place

When Earth is the loneliest planet, where else is there to go? Paul is a specialist in cognitive behaviour, tasked with designing a twenty-year mission to Mars.

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