Dark Matter

Maxine Clerk is a physicist chasing after the mysterious dark matter and energy that make up 95% of our known universe. As a rival colleague undermines her efforts, her personal life also begins to unravel.

Play title:  Dark Matter

Author (s):  August Schulenburg

Publisher:

August Schulenburg

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Publication Date: 2010

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Physics

Secondary Discipline: Astrophysics

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 4 Men and 3 Women

Maxine Clerk, Winny Franklin, Marie Clerk, Donald Dyson, Jimmy Clerk, Nikolay Cherenkov, Afruz Sen

Setting: Varies

Time Period: 2009

Synopsis of Play: Maxine Clerk is a physicist chasing after the mysterious dark matter and energy that make up 95% of our known universe. As a rival colleague undermines her efforts, her personal life also begins to unravel. Facing the illness of her daughter and father, the distance of her lover and mentor, and the dangers of her own darkness, Maxine’s struggle to understand the universe becomes a matter of personal survival. https://augustschulenburg.wordpress.com/playwright/full-length-plays/dark-matter/

First Performance Date: February 12th, 2013

First Producer: Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan

Performance History: Dark Matter received an EST/Sloan Grant and was read by Ensemble Studio Theatre on February 12th, 2013. It was read as part of Penobscot Theatre’s Northern Writes Festival on June 30th, 2011 at Bangor Opera House, directed by Allen Adams, Stage Managed by Meredith Perry, Featuring Marcie Bramucci, Eleanor Kipping, Alice Philbrick, Alba Briggs, John Greenman, Steve Estey, Josh Schmearsal, Roland Dube. It was the winner of Reverie Productions 2011 Next Generation Playwriting Contest, the reading was June 27th, 2011 at ART/NY. Directed by David Hilder, Featuring Vandit Bhatt, Antoinette Broderick, Ken Glickfeld, Alisha Spielmann, Ryan Andes, Erika Rolfsrud. There was a workshop reading at Decades Out as part of The Launch Pad, January 2010. It was workshopped by Flux Theatre Ensemble at Flux Sunday, 2009 and was a finalist for the 2011 Phoenix Theatre Hormel New Works Festival, a semi-finalist for the Firehouse Festival of New American Plays, and a semi-Finalist for 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

Links: https://augustschulenburg.wordpress.com/playwright/full-length-plays/

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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