The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

The (curious case of the)
Watson Intelligence
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
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This show’s run has concluded.

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.



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
Sadie Ward – Properties Designer
Michael P. Kittel – Lighting Designer
Amanda K. Bowman* – Stage Manager
Samantha Diekman – Co-Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel Lantow – Co-Assistant Stage Manager

* Member, Actors’ Equity Association

This show’s run has concluded.


*C valid for evening performance
P: Preview
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
M: Musings
AD: Audio Description
C: Open Captioning


Post-show Q & A with the cast  – Wednesday, Apr 12 & Sunday, Apr 23
Discussion with cast members after the performance – your chance to ask questions! Moderated by Amy Muse, Associate Professor and Chair, University of St. Thomas English Department.

Opening Night – Friday, Apr 14 
Join the cast, director and production team for a champagne party in the lobby after the show. Free with the price of your ticket!

Musings – Saturday, Apr 15 
Join Artistic Programming Associate Jamil Jude and share your thoughts with fellow audience members after the show.

Theatre Fan Night Out: Four Tickets for $99
A perfect show to share and discuss! Use code FAN when ordering. Valid for these performances: Sat, Apr 22 at 2pm; Thurs, Apr 27 and Fri, Apr 28 at  7:30pm

College Students with current ID $15 (standard seating) use code COL

Age 30 or Under $21 (standard seating) use code 30U

Seniors 62+ Save $5; Military Members Save $10


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

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.

Adult Language
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.

Sexual References/Nudity
Characters refer to and engage in sexual intercourse.

Other Mature Themes
There is a reference to marital rape.

Running Time
Two hours with one intermission.



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