By Joel Parker (Listen to the podcast.)
Sometimes it seems that science and art are completely different worlds but that has not always been the case. There is a long history of artistic scientists and scientific artists. In this edition of “How on Earth,” we talk about the alchemy of transmogrifying science into theatre.
Our guests include two scientists and two playwrights who collaborated to create plays inspired by scientific research as part of a theatre project produced by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. The production is called “Science Shorts“, which will be streaming the performances online Thursday through Sunday this week, January 21-24. The production will feature readings of four short plays by Colorado playwrights, and four short talks by the local scientists who inspired their work.
Our science guests are geophysicist Dr. Neesha Schnepf and biologist Ashley Whipple, and our playwrights are Nigel Knutzen and Ellen K. Graham. Neesha and Nigel collaborated on creating the play Trinal, which takes three different perspectives on tsunamis and their impact. Ashley’s and Ellen’s play, On The Rocks, follows American pikas and what they have to teach us about resilience in the face of environmental and other stress.