After Darwin

Timberlake Wertenbaker’s brain-teasing play addresses the ruling metaphor of our times: the survival of the fittest.

Play title: After Darwin                    

Author (s): Timberlake, Wertenbaker

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing Company            

Publication Date: 1999

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Biology

Secondary Discipline: Evolutionary Theory

Scientist: Charles Darwin

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: Robert FitzRoy, Millie, Ian, Tom, Lawrence

Setting: Various

Time Period: Mid 1800’s & Present Day

Synopsis of Play: Timberlake Wertenbaker’s brain-teasing play addresses the ruling metaphor of our times: the survival of the fittest. She does it in the most direct way possible, by dramatizing development of Darwin’s ideas on the origins and survival of species during his voyage on the Beagle in the 1830’s and the conflict between him and FitzRoy, his captain and a literalist believer in the Bible. But the metaphor is underlined by casting this as a play within a play, where the actor playing Darwin has no interest beyond personal survival and the actor playing FitzRoy is weakened by principle. Their rehearsals are directed by an East-European refugee who knows more about survival than they ever will. (Sunday Times, London)

First Performance Date: July 8th, 1998

First Producer: Hampstead Theater, London

Performance History: The world premiere production was directed by Lindsay Posner with the Set Design by Joanna Parker, Lighting Design by Peter Mumford, Sound Design by John A. Leonard and Assistant Director was Adam Rush.  The cast included Jason Watkins, Michael Feast, Ingeborga Dapkunaite and Colin Salmon.

Links:

https://www.backstage.com/review/ny-theater/off-off-broadway/after-darwin/

http://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/alb/alb11.html

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/500106/pdf

Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders

 

Photo Source: Andrew Cissna

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