Imagine if Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein met in a hotel room. Just briefly. Just for one night. What would they talk about?
Play title: Insignificance
Author (s): Terry Johnson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc.
Publication Date: 2017
Primary Discipline: Physics
Secondary Discipline: Mathematics
Scientist (s): Albert Einstein
Source Texts: Unknown
Character Breakdown: 3 men, 1 woman
The Professor/ Albert Einstein
The Senator/ Joe McCarthy
The Ballplayer/ Joe DiMaggio
The Actress/ Marilyn Monroe
Setting: A hotel room in New York
Time Period: 1953
Synopsis: Imagine if Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein met in a hotel room. Just briefly. Just for one night. What would they talk about? And what if they were interrupted by the ‘two Joes”- McCarthy and DiMaggio? Insignificance is the intriguing, hilarious, and heartbreaking story of the Senator, the Ballplayer, the Professor, and the Actress. Four icons of American history meeting in one night, in one hotel room, in Ney York City. (Play text cover blurb, Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)
First Performance Date: July 8th, 1982
First Producer: Royal Court Theatre
Performance History: Insignificance opened at the Royal Court Theatre on July 8th, 1982. It has been performed by the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company in 1989, at the Central Square Theater at Cambridge in 2004, at the Sheffield Theatres in 2005, and at the Fifth Avenue’s Langham Place Hotel in 2016.
Entered by: Debra Henegar/ Timothy Sparks