The Explorers Club

The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a women and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary lost city, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire. 

Play title:  The Explorers Club

Author (s):  Nell Benjamin

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Publication Date: 2014 (Dramatists Play Service, Inc. )

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline: Geography

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 9 Men, 2 Women (doubling)

Lucius Fretway, Phyllida Spotte-Hume/ Countess Glamorgan, Harry Percy, Luigi, Professor Cope, Professor Sloane, Professor Walling, Sir Bernard Humphries, Beebe/Irish Assassin

Setting: London

Time Period: 1879

Synopsis of Play: London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a women and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary lost city, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen, and the occasional airship. (play text cover blurb, Dramatists Play Service)

First Performance Date: June 20th, 2013

First Producer: Manhattan Theatre Club

Performance History: The Explorers Club was presented in New York City by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Many Greenfield, Artistic Producer) at City Center Stage I, opening on June 20th, 2013. It was directed by Marc Bruni; the set design was by Donyale Werle; the costume design was by Anita Yavich; the lighting design was by Philip Rosenberg; the sound design was by Darron L. West; the music was by Laurence O’Keefe; the production stage manager was Joshua Helman.

Links:

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/theater/reviews/the-explorers-club-pokes-fun-at-a-19th-century-sanctum.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-suskin/aisle-view-exploring-the-_b_3474107.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/explorers-club-theater-review-article-1.1378029?localLinksEnabled=false#

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/the-explorers-club?intcid=leader

https://variety.com/2013/legit/reviews/legit-review-the-explorers-club-1200500309/

https://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/reviews/the-explorers-club_65423.html

https://newyorktheater.me/2013/06/20/the-explorers-club-review/

https://nypost.com/2013/06/21/victorian-england-proves-to-be-comic-gold-in-the-explorers-club/

https://www.seattletimes.com/news/the-explorers-club-oddball-scientists-confront-the-unknown-a-woman/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                               

2013, City Center, Photo: Sara Krulwich/                                     2013, City Center, Photo: Sara Krulwich/

The New York Times                                                                        The New York Times

                                

2013, City Center, Photo: Joan Marcus                                          2013, City Center, Photo: Joan Marcus

                                 
2013, City Center, Photo: Joan Marcus                                        2013, City Center, Photo: Joan Marcus

 

                                 

 2013, City Center, Photo: Joan Marcus                                       2013, City Center, Photo: Joan Marcus

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