The (curious case of the)
April 7 – 30, 2017
By Madeleine George; Directed by Leah Cooper | Area Premiere
2014 Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Comedy/Drama on the PROSCENIUM STAGE
Four Watsons: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning “Jeopardy” champ; amiable techno-dweeb just looking for love. This brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute is dedicated to the people – and machines – upon which we depend.
FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Ultimately, it’s not a play about time travel and it’s not a play about science. It’s really a play about making yourself vulnerable to love.
Leah Cooper – Director
Lance Brockman – Set Designer
Kathy Kohl – Costume Designer
Katharine Horowitz – Sound Designer
Michael P. Kittel – Lighting Designer
Megan Fae Doughtery* – Stage Manager
Samantha Diekman – Assistant Stage Manager
* Member, Actors’ Equity Association
*C valid for evening performance
B: Bargain Preview 99¢ – $7.99 Advance Bargain Preview tickets are sold out. 99-cent bargain preview seats available first-come, first-served on night of show. (These sell out quickly!)
D: Post-show Discussion
O: Opening Night
AD: Audio Description
C: Open Captioning
WATSON INTELLIGENCE Content Analysis
Park Square wants your theatergoing experience to be as enjoyable as possible. Following is a list of content within The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence that may be of concern to some members of our audience. Please understand that some information may give away surprises within the story. The information is provided to help you make informed decisions. Keep in mind that the language and themes outlined below, taken out of context, may seem more offensive than they would be within the context of the actual play. If you have any questions about the play’s content, please contact Michael-jon Pease, executive director, at 651.767.8497 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence is suitable for mature teenagers and adults.
It’s 1891, and Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes’s assistant, embroils himself in another couple’s difficult marriage. It’s also 1931, and Watson, Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant, gives an interview about the invention of the telephone It’s also the present day, and Eliza is developing a prototype of Watson, an extraordinary example of artificial intelligence. The robotic Watson is not to be confused with Watson, a seemingly too-perfect member of a computer repair team. This last Watson is assigned to repair the computer belonging to Merrick, a candidate for city auditor. Merrick and Eliza have recently separated, and in his desperation, Merrick hires Watson to tail his wife. Watson and Eliza begin a torrid affair, and Eliza must decide what kind of intimacy she needs in her life—and how much of it she can handle—while developing her robot Watson. Meanwhile, in Victorian England, Dr. Watson receives a visit from a distraught wife who is mistreated by her husband. To try to help, he ineptly tails the husband, who ultimately lets Watson in on a secret creation that would eliminate the need to have his wife around.
The play contains some adult language, including *ass (3), sh*t (3), b*tch (1), f*ck (34), and god*mn (2).
Characters nearly come to blows in two scenes.
Alcohol is consumed on stage.
Characters refer to and engage in sexual intercourse.
Other Mature Themes
There is a reference to marital rape.
Two hours with one intermission.