MACH 33: A Festival of New Science-Driven Plays Presented by Caltech Theatre and Hosted by Pasadena Playhouse

Published : Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 3:31 PM

Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, is hosting MACH 33: A Festival of New Science Driven Plays, on three Monday Nights. These plays are part of Playhouse community programming and presented by Caltech Theatre. Danny Feldman is the Producing Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse.

The plays are Theory of Nothing, written by Lolly Ward and directed by Nike Doukas on the Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage on Monday, April 30 at 8 pm; Out There Right Here, written by Anna Nicholas and directed by Brian Brophy on the Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage on Monday, May at 8pm; and Lie After Lie After Lie, written by Stephen Diekes and directed by Susan Dalian at Ramo Auditoriumn at Caltech (located just south of the Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus with parking available at 332 South Michigan Avenue) on Monday, May 14 at 8pm.

MACH 33 offers stories that capture our imagination and ignite our curiosity while fostering compelling conversations. These staged readings feature the work of new, unpublished plays by Los Angeles-area playwrights.

Hosted by Pasadena Playhouse, the MACH 33 readings are produced by Caltech Theater and performed by casts including Caltech students, faculty, staff, other members of the Caltech/JPL/ Huntington Library community, and members of the wider Los Angeles artistic community. All readings are followed by post-show discussions with the playwrights.

MACH 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays is a project of Caltech Theater. Under the direction of Brian Brophy, MACH 33 has grown out of a passion for bringing together science and art at Caltech. Arden Thomas serves as Associate Artistic Director for Mach 33.

Tickets are $15; Pasadena Playhouse members and students are $10. The series of all three are available for $40; Pasadena Playhouse members and students are $25. Tickets for MACH 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays and Pasadena Playhouse memberships are available at or by calling (626) 356-7529

More about MACH 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays 2018

Lie After Lie After Lie by Stephen Diekes
In the late 1840s, before the age of Pasteur and Lister and the knowledge of sepsis, a Hungarian obstetrician named Ignaz Semmelweis found that the simple expedient of hand-washing could help physicians reduce maternal death by up to 90 percent. His discovery was rejected by his superiors — indeed by the whole western world — and he went mad. Lie After Lie After Lie is about science denial, male power over women’s bodies, and the backwardness of living in a post-truth world.

Susan Dalian (Director) recently directed The Importance of Being Earnest at Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre. Other directing credits include As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, The Real Housewives of Tusktown, and a staged reading of Rapture, Blister, Burn with Sierra Classic Theatre. Susan has performed with the South Coast Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, CA Shakespeare Festival, The Actors’ Gang, and Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. She co-wrote and starred in the play Ambrosia at the 2005 New York Fringe Festival. Susan holds a BFA from Boston University and is a proud graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts.

Theory of Nothing by Lolly Ward
If Marie Curie stopped by your tree house, would you let her in? Tough-as-nails physicist Brit and sculptor Chuck Swanson are the parents to Max, a condensed matter physicist, and Sugar, a designer, who return to their childhood home to pack up the house on the eve of their parents’ divorce. But when the characters reveal shocking truths about themselves, the entire family is forced to confront questions of honesty, allegiance, and madness.

Nike Doukas (Director) most recently directed Harold Pinter’s The Hot House at the Antaeus Company, where she also led readings of Blithe Spirit, The Three Sisters and Flare Path. Other directing credits include All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, The Tempest, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Search and Destroy. As an actress, Doukas has appeared regionally, including South Coast Repertory, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the LA Shakespeare Festival, and The American Conservatory Theatre, where she received her MFA. She has many television credits, including a recurring role on Desperate Housewives.

Out There Right Here by Anna Nicholas
It’s Autumn, the Santa Anas are blowing, and L.A. is on fire again. Jasper Molloy is an aging Apollo astronaut diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who has been stashing Oxycontin in the bookshelves until the day he has enough to off himself. Daughter Lucie used to be an archeologist until her son was killed by a philandering neighbor’s pool man and she found the Lord; while son Hubble is a SETI researcher and Atheist who spends his days searching for life in the multiverse. Then in walks Randy, a contractor Lucie meets online, who shakes things up with his open heart and mind. Out There Right Here takes place at the intersection of science and faith, and asks, “What does it mean to believe in anything?”

Brian Brophy (Director) is in his tenth year as Director of Caltech Theater and a thirty year veteran actor in the film/TV/theater industry; a Fulbright Scholar in theater for social change in India; Scholar in Residence at IIT Gandhinagar, Artist in Residence for the California Arts Council/Culture Affairs Department, Yale-NUS Singapore, and recipient of a George Soros Award for international theater project in Bosnia. Prior to Caltech Brophy taught at UC Riverside, Pomona College, Benares Hindu University, IIT, and CSULA. His research includes international collaboration and partnership in the transformation of culture through dialogue, storytelling and friendship. Brophy has directed over fifty plays, with an ongoing passion for new play development with playwrights, actors, designers, and directors in a creative community.

About The Pasadena Playhouse – The Pasadena Playhouse is a place where people have gathered for 100 years to experience bold and important theater. It is one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work. In 1937, the Playhouse was officially recognized as the State Theater of California for its contribution and commitment to the dramatic arts. Today it continues that tradition of excellence under the helm of producing artistic director Danny Feldman. Dedicated to enriching lives through theater, community programs and learning initiatives, Pasadena Playhouse is a living force in the community.









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