On discovering the truth.
We may never even know all the questions.
As part of their Research and Development Wing project, Annex Theatre presented Something Incredible, written and devised by playwright Natalie Copeland and Emily Harvey along with an ensemble of seven highly talented female performers. In an evening of subtle humor, the play focused on the great metaphysical questions of science and religion: Why are we here? What are the scientific explanations for creation as well as the creation myths. How is human spirituality related to nuclear fission? And of course the greatest question of all: will we ever know the truth about these great questions.
All these questions are discussed at the “Athaneaum” a place where knowledge and truth are pursued through the sciences and the humanities. In the first part of the one hour play, the question of creation is deliberated, in the second the question of how to live, from many different perspectives and religions is pondered. Then we get to the question that we all know is definitely unanswerable. What happens after death?
Although serious questions were discussed, it was done in an engaging, light hearted manner with wit, humor and sensitivity. In my generation of baby boomers, many of us considered studying the sciences as highly immoral, since such knowledge had contributed to the making of napalm, the atomic bomb and supported the evils of evils – the military industrial complex. Nevertheless, I found it extremely stimulating, and not without relevance. I would also guess that the math/physics geeks, who usually do not go to theatre i.e the Sheldon Cooper types, will probably really loooove this show.
Since there are only two more performances, on Tues. Wed. May 16 and 17, it would be wise to get tickets now. It finishes early so even though it is on a week-night, it won’t interfere with one’s work schedule. Something Incredible was truly something incredible.
Something Incredible. Research and Development Wing ( Curated by Catherine Blake Smith and James Weidman) Annex Theatre. 1100 E. Pike. Pike/Pine Corridor, Capitol Hill. Seattle, 98112. Tues, May 16, Wed May 17. 7:30.
Tickets https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34841 Info: www.AnnexTheatre.org.
Parking is difficult. Bike rack outside the theater. #10 Bus from Downtown,
E. John/ Broadway Sound Transit Stop close.