Darwin In Malibu

One hundred and twenty-five years after his death, Charles Darwin is hanging out in a beach house overlooking the Pacific with a girl young enough to be his daughter.

Play title:  Darwin in Malibu

Author (s):  Crispin Whittell

Publisher: Methuen Publishing Limited

Publication Date: 2003

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline: Biology

Secondary Discipline: Evolutionary Theory

Scientist (s):

Charles Darwin- a naturalist and biologist best known for his theory in evolution and the process of natural selection

Thomas Huxley- English biologist, educator, and advocate of agnosticism. Supported Darwin.

Source Texts: On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Character Breakdown:

3 Men 1 Women

Darwin, Sarah, Huxley, and Wilberforce

Setting: Malibu, California

Time Period: The Present

Synopsis of Play: One hundred and twenty-five years after his death, Charles Darwin is hanging out in a beach house overlooking the Pacific with a girl young enough to be his daughter. His peace is rudely disturbed when his old friend Thomas Huxley washes up on the beach closely followed by the Bishop of Oxford. And Darwin finds himself entangled in an enthralling and thought-provoking comedy about God, science, and plastic surgery. (Play text cover blurb, Methuen)

First Performance Date: May 9th, 2003

First Producer: Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Performance History:

Darwin in Malibu by Crispin Whittell was first performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It was directed by John Dove, and the set design was by Michael Taylor. The show was first produced in the United States at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, California, in April 2006. It was directed by Casey Stangl, and the set design was by Keith E. Mitchell. Later, the show went on to be produced at the Bay Street Theatre, in Sag Harbor, New York, in August 2006. It was directed by Daniel Gerroll, and the set design was by Gary Hygom.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/26/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/27lithea_darwin_in_malibu_gates.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/01/AR2010110106101.html?noredirect=on

https://variety.com/2006/legit/markets-festivals/darwin-in-malibu-1200516196/

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2004/sep/24/theatre

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2003/may/17/theatre.artsfeatures

http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/zq8gcdm

https://www.biography.com/people/charles-darwin-9266433

http://darwinday.org/educate/oxforddebate/

https://theatrius.com/2017/01/02/darwin-in-malibu-surfs-big-issues-at-indras-net-theater-berkeley/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                               

Bay Street Theatre, August 2006;                                                 Photo: John Feld, Intra’s Net Theatre

photo by: David Rogers

                                 

Photo: John Feld, Intra’s Net Theatre                                            Photo: John Feld, Intra’s Net Theatre

 

Photo: Elliot and Fry, 1881, Cambridge University Library

 

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