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Science on Stage

Join us for a series of play readings, each exploring a wide range of provocative questions at the intersection of science, technology, and society.

Science on Stage is organized through the Catalyst Collaborative at MIT, produced in collaboration with the Central Square Theater. It features a performance, followed by a conversation with guest scientist.

$15 General Public
$5 for MIT ID holders
Seating is Limited. Advance purchase is recommended.

Song of Extinction by E.M. Lewis

Max, a musically gifted high school student, is falling off the edge of the world –- and his biology teacher is the only one who’s noticed. A play about the science of life and loss, eco-extinction and human resilience.

E. M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist. Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French.

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Lee Mikeska Gardner

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Ross Macdonald

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Max Jackson

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David Bryan Jackson

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Jeffrey Song

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Jacques Matellus

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Sarah Oakes Muirhead


Samuel Hackett

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Thalles Lavinscky Pereira

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Richard J. Knecht


Past Sessions

Young Nerds of Color

Hiding in plain sight in the science labs, grappling over civilization’s greatest challenges are Young Nerds of Color. Some speak with the poetry of wise sages, others subvert the establishment with renegade ways, and, finally, there are rock stars whose ideas flow like jazz improvisation – all changing the world like a bolt of lightning illuminating the night sky. If knowledge is power, their powers make them superheroes.

Playwright Melinda Lopez weaves together over 60 interviews with scientists from the most underrepresented backgrounds – with original music by Nona Hendryx – amplifying the rich harmonies, breaking down boundaries and showing us what is possible.

Arranged by playwright Melinda Lopez. Directed by Des Bennett.

Moderator: Kortney Adams

Director of Education and Community Initiatives, Central Square Theater

Guest Speaker: Chris Boston

Senior Scientist 2, Protein Sciences, Scholar Rock

Guest Speaker: Matthew Luther

Associate Director of Downstream Process Development, Scholar Rock

Guest Speaker: Omar Rutledge

PhD Student, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

Guest Speaker: Diana Gikunju

Director, Biochemistry & Protein Sciences, Exo Therapeutics

Director: Des Bennett

Cast: Karina Beleno Carney

Cast: Ricardo Engermann

Cast: Jaime Hernandez

Cast: Lorraine Victoria Kanyike

Cast: Victoria Omoregie

Cast: Alison Yueming Qu