Adapted from Bill Bryson’s award-winning science book, this 45-minute play depicts a funny, fast, bumbling race for knowledge. Einstein, Newton, Curie, and Darwin lead you through a little bit of everything to prove that science is really all about you.
Play title: A Short History of Nearly Everything
Author (s): Bill Bryson (Adapted for the stage by Lauren Gunderson)
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Publication Date: 2006
Primary Discipline: Physics
Secondary Discipline: Biology
Sir Isaac Newton: English mathematician and natural philosopher, he enunciated the laws of motion and gravitation
Albert Einstein: a German-born physicist who developed the general theory of relativity. He is considered one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century.
Marie Curie: A Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.
Charles Darwin: A naturalist and biologist best known for his theory in evolution and the process of natural selection
Source Texts: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Character Breakdown: 3 Men and 1 Woman
Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Charles Darwin
Time Period: Varies
Synopsis of Play: Adapted from Bill Bryson’s award-winning science book, this 45-minute play depicts a funny, fast, bumbling race for knowledge. Einstein, Newton, Curie, and Darwin lead you through a little bit of everything to prove that science—whether atomic or cosmic, flora or fauna, mineral or movie star—is really all about you. https://www.marintheatre.org/productions/miss-bennet-christmas-at-pemberly/lauren-gunderson-a-chronology-of-selected-works
First Performance Date: 2006
First Producer: Actor’s Express Theatre, Atlanta GA
Performance History: The world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything was at Actor’s Express Theatre, Atlanta GA in 2006.
Entered by: Meaghan Yesford
Photo/Visual Research with citations
Isaac Newton Albert Einstein
Marie Curie Charles Darwin