An Experiment With an Air Pump | Duke Campus: Sheafer Lab Theater | Stage | Indy Week
This is a past event.

An Experiment With an Air Pump 

When: Nov. 12-22 2015




Darkness surrounds those gathered at the table as they watch a primitive hydraulic pump slowly asphyxiate a bird in a small glass chamber. Joseph Wright's dramatic, ambiguous 18th-century oil painting "An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump" was painted a century after similar experiments proved animals need air to survive. We wonder what sort of education is taking place in it, particularly because the onlookers' dress and demeanor suggest that a social occasion, and not a lab session, is underway. The painting inspired Shelagh Stephenson's 1997 drama, which structurally resembles Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. Both flip back and forth between two groups inhabiting the same room two centuries apart. In both eras, the ethics of new medical developments are debated and the status of women remains in doubt. Manbites Dog Theater's associate artistic director, Jules Odendahl-James, directs this Duke Theater Studies production of a work that considers the true price of scientific advancement—and then asks who is made to pay for it.

8 p.m. Thurs.Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun., $5$10, 125 Science Drive, Durham, 919-684-4444, —Byron Woods

Enter your starting address (include city or postal code):

(directions will appear below map)



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation