Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons.
Play title: A Number
Author (s): Caryl Churchill
Publisher: Samuel French
Publication Date: 2002
Primary Discipline: Genetics
Secondary Discipline: Psychology
Scientist (s): Fictional
Source Texts: Unknown
Character Breakdown: 2m; the play is for two actors. One plays Salter, the other his sons.
Salter: a man in his early sixties
Bernard: his son, forty
Bernard: his son, thirty-five
Michael Black: his son, thirty-five
Setting: where Salter lives
Time Period: Near future
Synopsis of Play: Human cloning is the subject of this beguiling hour-long psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between fathers and their sons.
First Performance Date: September 23rd, 2002
First Producer: Royal Court Theatre in London
Performance History: Revived first by Sheffield Crucible studio in October 2006 starring real-life father and son Timothy West and Samuel West. This production later played at the Chocolate Factory in 2010 and at the Fugard Theatre, Cape Town in 2011. The play was revived at The Nuffield Theatre (Southampton) in February 2014 with John and Lex Shrapnel to huge critical acclaim. It transferred to the Young Vic Theatre in June 2015. Zinnie Harris will direct the play at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in April 2017. In 2004, the play made its American debut at the New York Theatre Workshop in a production starring Sam Shepard (later played by Arliss Howard) and Dallas Roberts. In February/March 2009, the play made its Los Angeles/Orange County debut at the Rude Guerrilla Theater Company in a production directed by Scott Barber, starring Vince Campbell and Mark Coyan.
Entered by Denise Gillman/Brooke Sanders/Meaghan Yesford