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
Primary Discipline: Biology
Secondary Discipline: Evolutionary Theory
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
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
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.
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