“One of the brilliant forces of British theatre.”
The Observer (U.K.)

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 Theatre 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.

Improbable Theatre

Opening Skinner’s Box

Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century

North American premiere

July 10–12 Gerald W. Lynch Theater

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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. Co-commissioned by Lincoln Center Festival and the Brisbane Festival. Co-produced by Northern Stage and West Yorkshire Playhouse.


Audio description is available for the July 11 performance.