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The How And The Why

Presented by Theatre Unbound and Hennepin Theatre Trust

Evolution and emotion crash in The How and the Why, the thought-provoking and sharp new play about science, family and survival of the fittest. Written by esteemed playwright Sarah Treem, this production is the local debut of a play The New York Times calls “a smart, densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny.”

The How and the Why is an intimate and keenly perceptive play where two female scientists explore the difficult choices women of every generation face. On the eve of a prestigious biology conference, up-and-coming PhD student Rachel wrestles for the truth with Zelda, an established scientist. Their question – why do women menstruate and undergo menopause, when most mammals do not? Zelda promotes “the grandmother hypothesis” – older women who aren’t fertile benefit their families by sharing their knowledge. Rachel has a radical new theory that could refute Zelda’s claim. The two women dig deep into the secrets of Mother Nature. What are women for?


Zelda Kahn: Carolyn Kaiser
Rachel Hardeman: Molly Pach

Creative Team:

Director: Shelli Place
Set Designer: Lin Mathison
Lighting Designer: John Leahy
Sound Designer: Anita Kelling:
Stage Manager: Samson Perry
Running Crew: Rachael Gay


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March 10, 2016
7:30 pm
March 11, 2016
7:30 pm
Opening Night
March 12, 2016
2:00 pm
March 12, 2016
7:30 pm
March 13, 2016
2:00 pm
March 14, 2016
7:30 pm
March 17, 2016
7:30 pm
March 18, 2016
2:00 pm
March 18, 2016
7:30 pm
March 19, 2016
2:00 pm
Audio Described

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