Insufficiency

Insufficiency represents an example of the field of beer and champagne bubbles, where to topics of academic tenure and fashion in chemistry are analyzed.

Play title: Insufficiency (from the anthology Chemistry in Theatre)

Author (s): Carl Djerassi

Publisher: Imperial College Press

Publication Date: 2012

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Chemistry

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 3 Men, 1 Woman

Prosecutor, Jerzy Krzyz or Jean de la Croix, Leo Bramble, Stefania Nowak

Setting: Varies

Time Period: Varies

Synopsis of Play: The introduction to the anthology examines the questions “What can science do for theatre?” and “What can theatre do for science?” thus raising challenges for both theatre and professionals and scientists. Unusually, this book deals with plays first and foremost as reading material – as texts to be read alone or in dramatic readings – rather than emphasizing performances on the stage. Concrete examples are given to demonstrate the potential pedagogic value of using the dialogic style and plot structure of plays in science. with the focus on chemistry.

Very few books have dealt with the subject of science-in-theatre and virtually none with chemistry-in-theatre. Insufficiency represents an example of the field of beer and champagne bubbles, where to topics of academic tenure and fashion in chemistry are analyzed. (play text cover blurb, Imperial College Press)  

First Performance Date: September 20th, 2012

First Producer: Riverside Studios

Performance History: Insufficiency by Carl Djerassi premiered in London at Riverside Studios on September 20th, 2012 and was directed by Andy Jordan. The Bulgaria premiere was at American University on May 9th, 2013 and was directed by Nedyalko Delchev. Insufficiency premiered in America in San Francisco at “Z Below” (470 FloriDa St.) directed by Andy Jordan, scenic design by James Faerron, lights by Jim Cave, sound by Lawton Lovely. http://www.djerassi.com/insufficiency/performance_schedule.html

Links: https://www.economist.com/prospero/2012/09/26/a-chemical-comedy-of-manners

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2012/sep/09/carl-djerassi-insufficiency-play-interview

https://www.viennareview.net/on-the-town/on-stage/staging-science-provoking-thought

https://www.chemistryworld.com/culture/chemistry-in-theatre-insufficiency-phallacy-or-both/5221.article

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGPek5FmX8c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olGCbaIik9c

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations   

                                            

Riverside Studio Theatre, Sept. 20th, 2012

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