Mr. Darwin’s Tree, the acclaimed British one-man play that explores the life and work of Charles Darwin within the context of science, faith, and family, is coming to Eastern University’s McInnis Auditorium.
Produced by Scholarship & Christianity In Oxford (SCIO), and sponsored by Eastern’s Templeton Honors College and the Philadelphia Commons Institute, the performance will engage attendees in an important conversation on science and religion.
Written by noted playwright and director Murray Watts (The Miracle Maker, KJB: The Book that Changed the World, The Dream) and starring leading British film, TV, and theatre actor Andrew Harrison (Dorian Gray, Miss Marple, Beyond Narnia), Mr. Darwin's Tree has been described as “a brilliant, fast-paced and beautifully detailed performance” (Church Times).
“Discussing creation and evolution in abstract terms often leads to polarized and emotional debates,” said Stan Rosenberg, SCIO’s executive director. “Seeing these issues in their historical context and connected to real people, by contrast, helps us to understand the complexity of the issues and to discuss them in more nuanced and less confrontational ways.”
Mr. Darwin’s Tree presents a very human and very real Charles Darwin, one who wrestled with the challenges that his theories posed for traditional beliefs. It also presents Darwin’s wife, Emma, as an intelligent and articulate representative of Christian faith. In doing so, the play rejects the “straw man” effigies of Darwin presented by both his extreme protagonists and antagonists, providing the opportunity for lively engagement, thoughtful conversations, and fresh explorations.
Since its 2009 premiere, Mr. Darwin’s Tree has had highly successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011 and at the King’s Head Theatre, London, in 2012. It has travelled to Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews, and many other universities, colleges, and theatres in both the U.K. and the U.S. The latest U.S. is underwritten by Templeton Religion Trust and the Blankemeyer Foundation.
The September 18 performance will be at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion with Stan Rosenberg, Lia Howard (Philadelphia Commons Institute) and select faculty from Eastern University.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or discover the play at www.mrdarwinstree.com.