Darwin’s Flood

Darwin’s Flood asks the big questions about life and death with a little help from some of history’s greatest and most controversial philosophers and thinkers.

Play title:  Darwin’s Flood

Author (s):  Snoo Wilson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

Publication Date: 1999 (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama)

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Evolutionary Theory

Secondary Discipline: Biology

Scientist (s):

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

Friedrich Nietzsche: German philosopher known for his writings on good and evil, the end of religion in modern society and the concept of a “super-man.”

Alexander von Humboldt: A Prussian polymath, geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of Romantic philosophy and science.

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 4 Men, 4 Women

Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Elizabeth Forster, Bernard Forster, Emma Darwin, Jesus, Humboldt/Mercator, Mary Magdalene, Mrs. Muller

Setting: Varies

Time Period: 1800’s

Synopsis of Play: Darwin’s Flood asks the big questions about life and death with a little help from some of history’s greatest and most controversial philosophers and thinkers. On the night of his death, Charles Darwin is visited by the Belfast-accented Jesus Christ on a bicycle, Nietzsche in a time-travelling wheelbarrow and bondage fetishist Mary Magdalene via helicopter as he comes to grips with his worst nightmare – God exists and evolution doesn’t. http://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com/plays/darwins-flood-iid-138582

First Performance Date: May 6th, 1994

First Producer: Bush Theatre

Performance History: Darwin’s Flood was first performed at the Bush Theatre on May 6th, 1994. It was directed by Simon Stokes and designed by Robin Don with costumes by Katie Birrell, lighting by Chahine Yavroyan, and sound by Simon Whitehorn.

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                              

Charles Darwin                                                                                             Emma Darwin

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