Monday, April 27, 2009

Darwin in Malibu

The Nashville Tennessean has an article on a play by the Tennessee Repertory Theatre called Darwin in Malibu. As Fiona Soltes writes:
The piece involves a fanciful meeting of Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce, the Bishop of Oxford, some 120 years after Darwin's death. In real life, Huxley was a great proponent of Darwin's theories of evolution, and Wilberforce, a great opponent. They famously butted heads in an 1860 debate, at which Darwin was not present. Now, however, he is present — but the question has become where that "present" actually is.
Rene Copland, the repertory director states:"
My mother always told me there were three things that were not to be discussed in polite comedy," he says. "Religion, sex and politics. I found later on that those were three of the subjects that I always want to discuss. This play combines all three, which makes it my dream show."
The play is being given at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Johnson Theater on May 16.

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