Insignificance

Imagine if Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein met in a hotel room. Just briefly. Just for one night. What would they talk about?

Play title: Insignificance

Author (s): Terry Johnson

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Publication Date: 2017

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline: Physics

Secondary Discipline: Mathematics

Scientist (s): Albert Einstein

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 3 men, 1 woman

The Professor/ Albert Einstein

The Senator/ Joe McCarthy

The Ballplayer/ Joe DiMaggio

The Actress/ Marilyn Monroe

Setting: A hotel room in New York

Time Period: 1953

Synopsis: Imagine if Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein met in a hotel room. Just briefly. Just for one night. What would they talk about? And what if they were interrupted by the ‘two Joes”- McCarthy and DiMaggio? Insignificance is the intriguing, hilarious, and heartbreaking story of the Senator, the Ballplayer, the Professor, and the Actress. Four icons of American history meeting in one night, in one hotel room, in Ney York City. (Play text cover blurb, Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)

First Performance Date: July 8th, 1982

First Producer: Royal Court Theatre

Performance History: Insignificance opened at the Royal Court Theatre on July 8th, 1982. It has been performed by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company in 1989, at the Central Square Theater at Cambridge in 2004, at the Sheffield Theatres in 2005, and at the Fifth Avenue’s Langham Place Hotel in 2016.

Links:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2014/01/16/stage-review-insignificance/S2wPyBXd24GMqKoPifxsDI/story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2005/mar/02/theatre

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/insignificance/Content?oid=874645

http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/03/insignificance_langham_place_hotel_off_broadway_re.html

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Review-Site-Specific-INSIGNIFICANCE-Played-Out-In-A-Luxury-Hotel-Room-20160308

Entered by: Debra Henegar/ Timothy Sparks

Debra Henegar is a junior in the Department of Theater and Dance with a focus in Design and Tech She was born in Zuni, VA and considers herself an active Nerd and artist.

Timothy Sparks is a senior at CNU studying Computer Science. He was born in Stafford, VA. In his free time he like to play video games, read and is a Tabletop Role Player. In the future, he wants to be a Indie Video Game Programmer.

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