Lovesong of the Electric Bear

The story of Alan Turing: Genius. War hero. Deviant. Awoken from his deathbed by his favorite childhood teddy bear, Turing is led by the hand through the journey of his life, from glowing academia to New York drag bars, from triumph to disgrace.

Play title:  Lovesong of the Electric Bear

Author (s):  Snoo Wilson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

Publication Date: 2015

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Computer Science

Secondary Discipline: Mathematics

Scientist (s): Alan Turing: An English mathematician, logician, and cryptographer. Turing is often considered to be the father of modern computer science

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 5 Men, 2 Women

Porgy, Alan Turing, Turing Senior/Churchill/Dilly Knox/Greenbaum, Mrs Turing/ Fortune Teller/ Varia/ Clemmie, Christopher/ Undergraduate 1/ Joan/ Bronwyn/ Ylena, Davis/ Undergraduate 2/ Rejewski/Kjell/Blackwood, Cornish/Barman/Customs Officer/Sergeant

Setting: Varies

Time Period: The Present

Synopsis of Play: The story of Alan Turing: Genius. War hero. Deviant. Awoken from his deathbed by his favorite childhood teddy bear, Turing is led by the hand through the journey of his life, from glowing academia to New York drag bars, from triumph to disgrace. Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong for the Electric Bear is an epic, psychedelic and electrifying trip through the life of Alan Turing, the computer visionary and math genius whose gifts made him the codebreaking hero of World War II, but whose homosexuality led him to betrayal and vilification by the very establishment who had depended on him for victory. (play text cover blurb, Bloomsbury)

First Performance Date: February 14th, 2015

First Producer: Cas Hodges for The Hope Theatre

Performance History: Loversong of the Electric Bear by Snoo Wilson opened at The Hope Theatre on February 24th, 2015. It was produced by Cas Hodges for The Hope Theatre in association with DogOrange and by kind arrangement with Snoo Wilson’s estate and Micheline Steinberg Associates. Directed by The Hope Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Parker and designed by Zoe Hurwitz, with lighting design by Tom Kitney, sound design by Paul Freeman, costume design by Clare Amos, and the production stage manager was Taz Meen.

Links:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/21/AR2005072102142.html

https://variety.com/2010/legit/reviews/lovesong-of-the-electric-bear-1117943204/

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/nov/12/lovesong-of-the-electric-bear-review-snoo-wilson-alan-turing

http://www.thehopetheatre.com/productions/lovesong-of-the-electric-bear/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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