As Henry struggles to inject life into his thesis on Charles Darwin, a simple question becomes most perplexing: What do you want?
Play title: Evolution
Author: Jonathan Marc Sherman
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc. (New York)
Publication Date: 2003
Primary Discipline: Biology
Secondary Discipline: Evolutionary Theory
Source Texts: Unknown
Character Breakdown: 4 men, 2 women
Henry Tollman, Hope Braverman, Ernie Braverman, Gina Bello, Rex, Storyteller
Setting: Harvard, Los Angeles
Time Period: Unspecified (sometime in late 1900s)
Synopsis of Play: “As Henry struggles to inject life into his thesis on Charles Darwin, a simple question becomes most perplexing: What do you want? Using elements of Brechtian Epic Theatre infused with razor-sharp social commentary, Evolution follows Henry on a journey to Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Hope. When his uncanny pop-culture illiteracy becomes the fuel for an unexpected career in the entertainment industry, Henry must choose between the celebrity-culture success or academic obscurity, between embracing ambition and losing Hope” (Online play text cover, Dramatists Play Service Inc.).
First Performance Date: Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 1998
First Producer: Michael Ritchie
Performance History: Nikos Stage in July 1998. 45 Bleecker Street in September 2002.
Evolution by Jonathan Marc Sherman was first produced in New York City by Urban Empire at 45 Bleecker Street in September 2002. It was directed by Lizzie Gottlieb; the set design was by Andromache Chalfant; the lighting design was by Jeff Croiter; the sound design was by Christopher Libertino; the video design was by Edmond Deraedt; the costume design was by Timperman; the creative director was Jack Merrill.
The premiere performance was on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 1998. It was produced by Michael Ritchie; the general manager was Deborah Fehr; the Associate producer was Jenny C. Gersten; the director was Nicholas Martin; the set design was by Alexander Dodge; the lighting design was by Stephen Brady; the sound design was by Jerry M. Yager; the video design was by Vanessa Mizzone; the costume design was by Marisa Timperman; and the production stage manager was Alex Lyu Volckhausen.
(As stated in the play text, Dramatists Play Service Inc.)
Entered by: Renee Denny/Michael Buontempo