Mad Cow Science Play Festival

Festival Name: Science Play Festival

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Host: Mad Cow Theatre Company

Festival Type: Science Play Festival

Festival Dates: June 25th –  June 27th, 2020

Overview of Festival: The Science Play Festival takes place each year in late winter or early spring. It’s a one-weekend series of readings of plays about science, combined with audience discussion and also including science-related events. Our artists love the festival because it allows them to explore roles and subjects that otherwise they may never get to play.

(Overview provided by the Mad Cow Theatre’s website)

Sponsors and Partners: The Walt Disney Company

Festival Team:

Mitzi Maxwell – Executive Director of Mad Cow Theatre

Jessica Kaschube – Director of Special Projects

First Festival Date: January 10-12, 2014

Festival History: After years of producing science themed plays, the Mad Cow Theatre began their Annual Science Play Festival in 2014. Through its presentation of staged readings, performances, and discussions from scientists and theatre scholars the Mad Cow Science Play Festival has been providing central Florida with a new way to enjoy both the sciences and the arts. Awarded a grant by the Walt Disney Company in 2016, the Mad Cow Science Play Festival was funded with the purpose to ‘help fund a festival, enabling children to explore science, language and performance themes with their families.’ 

(Festival History provided by the Walt Disney Company)

This years 2020 Festival events will be held virtually

Event Day: June 25th, 2020

Event Title: Exclusive Virtual Drama Club: What is a Science Play?

Synopsis: This event, led by Mad Cow actors, directors, and science professionals will look into the relationship between science and art at the intersection of theatre.

Special Guests: Playwright Lauren Gunderson, Playwright Laura Maria Censabella, Director and Educator Denise Gillman

(Event Synopsis provided by the Mad Cow Theatre’s website)

Event Day: June 26th, 2020

Event Title: Climate Change Theatre Action

Synopsis: Every other year, fifty professional playwrights, representing all inhabited continents as well as several cultures and Indigenous nations, are commissioned to write five minute plays about an aspect of climate change. Mad Cow Theatre has curated a few of these short plays for Central Florida audiences as a feature of the 7th Annual Science Play Festival. Join us as we read these wonderful plays online!

(Event Synopsis provided by the Mad Cow Theatre’s website)

Event Day: June 27th, 2020

Event Title: Youth Science Play Festival LAB

Synopsis: Join members of our new Youth Play Festival Lab as they premiere their science plays live!

(Event Synopsis provided by the Mad Cow Theatre’s website)

Previous Season’s Shows:


A Number by Caryl Churchill

Incognito by Nick Payne

Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson


Paradise by Laura Maria Censabella

Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer

The Water Engine by David Mamet

Proof by David Auburn


Blue Sky Boys by Deborah Breevort

An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson


The How and the Why by Sarah Treem

Constellations by Nick Payne

Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Headstrong by Patrick Link

God and Stephen Hawking by Robin Hawdon

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn


An Experiment with an Air Pump by Shelagh Stephenson

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Lauren Gunderson

Photograph 51 by Anna Zielger

Isaac’s Eye by Lucas Hnath


Entered by: Anna Galanides

Photo/Visual Research with citations: Photos provided by Mad Cow Theatre

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