Hypatia, or, The Divine Algebra

Wellman’s new play follows Hypatia’s imaginary trajectory from that spectacle through 8th Century Byzantium and then on to the early 20th Century, when she wanders into Alexandria, Virginia and first lays eyes on a bicycle.

Play title:  Hypatia; or, The Divine Algebra

Author (s):  Mac Wellman

Publisher: The John Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 2001

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Mathematics

Secondary Discipline: Philosophy

Scientist (s):

Hypatia: An Alexandrian mathematician and philosopher and daughter to Theon

Theon: An Alexandrian mathematician and philosopher

Musa or Algorismus: The Arab mathematician Muhammad ibn alKhwarizmi, the inventor of Algebra

Source Texts: Hypatia of Alexandria by Maria Dzielska

Character Breakdown: 8 Men, 3 Women, and a Chorus

Hypatia, Theon, Orestes, Peter the Reader, Cyril, Synesius, Musa or Algorismus, Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, Empress, Child, and Young Girl

Setting: Alexandria, Virginia

Time Period: 1915

Synopsis of Play: Wellman’s new play follows Hypatia’s imaginary trajectory from that spectacle through 8th Century Byzantium and then on to the early 20th Century, when she wanders into Alexandria, Virginia and first lays eyes on a bicycle. With the wide-eyed innocence of a child, she trades her most valuable possession for the bike. And what possession is that? A pot of gold, perhaps? An Egyptian relic? No. It’s the number zero (the cipher), the “mark of emptiness.” http://www.curtainup.com/hypatia.html

First Producer: Ridge Theater

Performance History: Hypatia; or, The Divine Algebra by Mac Wellman was first performed by acting students with Ridge Theater and was directed by Bob McGrath. About a year later, the show was performed at Soho Rep. in New York.

Links:

http://twentytwotroubles.blogspot.com/2011/04/hypatia-divine-algebra-by-mac-wellman.html

http://www.curtainup.com/hypatia.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/22/theater/theater-review-muse-charmed-by-the-nature-of-zero.html

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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