Why do we love? When would we kill? How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable?
With their trademark mix of wit, insight, and inventive stagecraft, Britain’s Improbable theater company takes us on a “fascinating, if at times alarming” (Times, U.K.) tour of ten famous 20th-century psychological experiments, starting with B.F. Skinner’s notorious rat boxes. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s acclaimed book, Opening Skinner’s Box is a time-traveling dialogue with the audacious scientists who set out to unlock the secrets of human behavior. Amidst ethically questionable methods, shocking results, and blinding biases, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Everything we thought we knew about ourselves is wrong.
“One of the brilliant forces of British theatre.”– The Observer (U.K.)
July 10–12 Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
Adapted from the book by Lauren Slater
Directors Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson
Set Design Laura Hopkins
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Sound Design Adrienne Quartly
With Alan Cox, Stephen Harper, Tyrone Huggins, Morven Macbeth, Kate Maravan, Paschale Straiton
Commissioned by Wexner Center for the Performing Arts at The Ohio State University through its Artist Residency Award Program. Co-commissioned by Lincoln Center Festival and the Brisbane Festival. Co-produced by Northern Stage and West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Running Time: 2 hours, with no intermission
Live audio description to make visual elements of production accessible for people who are blind or have low vision is available for the July 11 performance. To reserve an audio description receiver, contact email@example.com or call 212.875.5375.
This performance includes haze effects.
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