Marjorie Prime

With help from an intriguingly technology in a future not far from our present, Marjorie examines her past, sometimes replacing her realities with idealized memories.

Play title:  Marjorie Prime

Author (s):  Jordan Harrison

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group Inc.

Publication Date: 2016

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Computer Science

Secondary Discipline: Mathematics

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 2 Women, 2 Men

Majorie, Walter, Tess, Jon

Setting: Varies

Time Period: Future

Synopsis of Play: With help from an intriguingly technology in a future not far from our present, Marjorie examines her past, sometimes replacing her realities with idealized memories. Through deeply drawn characters – both real and in the form of artificial intelligence companions, or “Primes” – Harrison burrows into troubling questions of the digital age: What would we remember, and what would we forget, given the power of authorship? Will we be any less human, once computers know us better than we know ourselves? (play text cover blurb, Theatre Communications Group Inc.)

First Performance Date: September 21st, 2014

First Producer: Mark Taper Forum/ Center Theatre Group

Performance History: Marjorie Prime was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director; Carol Fishman, General Manager) in association with the Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award, and with additional funds provided by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Commissioning Program, and the Kathryn and Gilbert Miller Commissioning Program. It was developed with the support of the Clubbed Thumb Writers’ Group, the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory, and the Roe Green Award at Cleveland Play House, It was inspired by attendance at The Aspen Institute Ideas Festival.

Marjorie Prime had its world premiere at Mark Taper Forum/ Center Theatre Group (Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director; Edward L. Rada, Managing Director; Douglas C. Baker; Producing Director) in Los Angeles on September 21st, 2014. The production was directed by Les Waters. It was designed by Mimi Lien, the costume design was by Ilona Somogyi, the lighting design was by Lap Chi Chu, and the sound design was by Adam Phalen; the production manager was David S. Franklin, the dramaturg was Joy Meads, and the assistant director was Beth Lopes.

Links:

https://www.newyorktheatreguide.com/reviews/marjorie-prime

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/15/theater/review-in-marjorie-prime-lois-smith-connects-with-the-past.html

https://variety.com/2015/legit/reviews/marjorie-prime-review-1201661106/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-0923-marjorie-prime-review-20140923-story.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/reviews/ct-marjorie-prime-review-ent-1030-20151029-column.html

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/future-romance-how-sci-fi-predicts-our-love-and-sex-lives-1.3189414

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/08/marjorie-prime-movie-review

https://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/marjorie-prime_75289.html

https://www.dailynews.com/2014/09/22/review-world-premiere-of-marjorie-prime-tackles-technology-human-emotions/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/marjorie-prime-a-not-too-distant-future-haunted-by-an-unnervingly-recent-past/2017/08/31/f2d05844-8c0c-11e7-91d5-ab4e4bb76a3a_story.html?utm_term=.dbaaf5442668

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                

2018, Segul Centre, Photo: Leslie Schachter                                2018, Segul Centre, Photo: Leslie Schachter

                                      

2018, Segul Centre, Photo: Leslie Schachter                               2016, Playwrights Horizons, Photo: Jeremy Daniel

                                

2016, Playwrights Horizons, Photo: Jeremy Daniel                     2016, Playwrights Horizons, Photo: Jeremy Daniel

2016, Playwrights Horizons, Photo: Jeremy Daniel

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