SSI1 181

Science and Theater

This course examines the ways in which new science, or scientific controversy, is presented on stage. How have playwrights grappled with the challenges to worldviews and to social order that science can pose? How successful is theater in presenting the social, intellectual and moral dilemmas raised by science? Students will read and analyze a number of plays with science themes, or with scientists as characters. Near the end of the semester, each student will also participate in writing scenes for an original play with a science focus. Affiliate department: Science, Technology and Society.