From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story

Celebrating the 200th Birthday of Charles Darwin

From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story

Monday, March 22, 2010 – 7:30 p.m. Curtain

Bethesda Theater, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

March 22 is the world premiere of From Orchids to Octopi, an NIH-commissioned play that celebrates the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin.

Written by award-winning playwright Melinda Lopez, this modern musing on evolutionary biology is filled with art, science, animals, and history. The play is a warm, witty story of an artistic couple who find themselves pregnant unexpectedly, and who are torn in different directions. As their plans evolve, everyday events and pregnancy hallucinations converge to give them—and the audience—a deeper understanding of natural selection. Central to the play is an evolving mural, painted by the expectant mother. Reaching a size of 28 feet wide and 10 feet high, the mural is made up of sections that move and change as the play progresses.

Following the performance, the audience members are invited to join an open conversation with scientists and cast members.

The price is $21.

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