On an evening in October 1774, Antoine Lavoisier, the architect of the chemical revolution, learned that the Unitarian English minister, Joseph Priestley, had made a new gas.
Play title: Oxygen
Author (s): Carl Djerassi, Roald Hoffman
Publication Date: March 5th, 2001
Primary Discipline: Chemistry
Scientist (s): ANTOINE LAURENT LAVOISIER, JOSEPH PRIESTLEY, CARL WILHELM SCHEELE
Source Texts: Unknown
Character Breakdown: 4 men, 3 women
Antoine Lavoisier, Marie Lavoisier, Joseph Priestley, Mary Priestley, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Sara Pohl, Court Herald
Time Period: 1777
Synopsis of Play: On an evening in October 1774, Antoine Lavoisier, the architect of the chemical revolution, learned that the Unitarian English minister, Joseph Priestley, had made a new gas. Within a week, a letter came to Lavoisier from the Swedish apothecary, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, instructing the French scientist how one might synthesize this key element in Lavoisier’s developing theory, the lifegiver oxygen. Scheele’s work was carried out years before, but remained unpublished until 1777.
First Performance Date: April 2, 2001
First Producer: San Diego Reparatory Theatre
Performance History: A Workshop Production of 10 performances was staged by the Eureka Theatre in May 2000, San Francisco, CA.
Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders