The How and the Why

Play Title: The How and the Why

Author(s): Sarah Treem

Publisher: Smith and Kraus Publishers

Publication Date: 2010

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Biology

Secondary Discipline: Evolutionary Theory

Scientist(s): Fictional

Source Texts: Woman by Natalie Angier

Character Breakdown: 2 women. Rachel, 28 and Zelda, 56.

Setting:A senior professor’s office in Cambridge Massachusetts. Later, a dive bar in Boston.

Time Period: Present, late autumn

Synopsis of Play: Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem’s thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an establish leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation. (Dramatist Play Service blurb)

First performance Date: 2011

First Producer: McCarter Theatre

Performance History: The How and the Why by Sarah Treem premiered at McCarter Theatre in 2011 in Princeton, New Jersey. Since its premiere it has been produced by the Timeline Theatre Company in Chicago, the Trinity Repertory Company in Rhode Island, and Penguin Rep in New York.


Entered by Althea Hart and Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones is a proud Captain with a BA in Theatre (expected May 2019). She has a love of theatre and is excited to be a contributor to this catalog.

Althea Hart is a member of CNU’s Class of 2019 and a proud member of the TheaterCNU community.

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