On the Origin of Darwin
Bromley's full-length play is as ambitious as the journey it attempts to dramatize. On the Origin of Darwin tells the story of a young naturalist aboard the HMS Beagle and the five-year voyage that shaped his Theory of Evolution. The action takes place at various times on the Beagle, in the jungles of South America, amidst the ashy landscape of the Galapagos Islands, and elsewhere. The characters include an ambitious and sea-sick Charles Darwin, the strict and God-fearing Captain Fitzroy, historical figures John Henslow, Augustus Earle, Fanny Mostyn Owen and Emma Darwin, as well as gauchos (Spanish cowboys), Fuegians (native South Americans), restless sailors and the famed 13 Galapagos tortoises. Historical accounts of their ship life and travels, a chronological orientation of their journey and original excerpts from Darwin's journals ground this piece in historical reality, while the storytelling both amuses and speculates as to the development of Darwin's thoughts. At the center of this science-based play is Darwin's personal struggle to identify the origin of species, and, by extension, the origin of humanity and all things human - morality, culture, and art. The full production will include songs, puppets, and aerial acrobatics. For anyone interested in Darwin, evolution, or science in general, this play will be a treat for the mind. For anyone eager to learn of these important subjects, this is an entertaining introduction. And for anyone simply interested in a great play, On the Origin of Darwin is a moving and fantastical night of theater.
12/9/2004 at 8:00pm