To understand light and optics better, young Isaac Newton inserted a long needle “between my eye and the bone, as near to the backside of my eye as I could.” Why take such a risk?
Play Title: Isaac’s Eye
Author (s): Lucas Hnath
Publisher: Dramatist’s Play Service
Publication date: 2013
Primary Discipline: Physics
Secondary Discipline: Optics
Scientist (s): Robert Hooke (Physicist, Hooke’s Law of Elasticity, Micrographia, Microscopy, Gravity)
Sir Isaac Newton ( Physicist, The Newtonian Laws of Motion, Mathematics, Calculus)
Source Text: Unknown
Character Breakdown: 3 men, 1 woman
Setting: Woolesthorpe, England
Time Period:The 17th Century
Synopsis of Play: To understand light and optics better, young Isaac Newton inserted a long needle “between my eye and the bone, as near to the backside of my eye as I could.” Why take such a risk? Lucas Hnath reimagines the contentious, plague-ravaged world Newtown inhabited in ISAAC’S EYE, exploring the dreams and longings that drove the rural farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in modern science. (Play text cover blurb, Dramatist Play Service)
First Performance Date: February 9, 2013
First Producer: Ensemble Studio Theater
Performance History: Isaac’s Eye received its world premiere at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (William Carden, Artistic Director; Paul Alexander Slee, Executive Director) in New York City, opening February 9, 2013. It was directed by Linsay Firman; the set design was by Nick Francone; the costuming design was by Suzanne Chesney; the lighting design was by Les Dickert; the sound design was by Shane Rettig; and the production stage manager was Erin Maureen Koster.
Entered By: Hannah Sullivan and Ben Atkinson
Hannah Sullivan is a Senior Theater Major, at Christopher Newport University, with a concentration in Theatre Studies. She is most interested in Directing, Stage Management, and hanging out in her bed with her cat, Kevin.
Ben Atkinson is a Junior Theater Major, at Christopher Newport University, with a concentration in Musical Theater. He most enjoys performance, Assistant Technical Directing, and the Beach Boys.