First Light Performances


Presented by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

When a new telescope focused on the heavens becomes operational, the initial images it sees are called First Light. For thirteen years, the EST/Sloan Project has led a pioneering nationwide effort to commission, develop and present hundreds of new plays that challenge and broaden the view of science in the popular imagination. Each play's life onstage begins with the First Light festival. Join us for this year's discoveries.


EST/Sloan RoughCut Workshop Production

PIDGEON
by Tommy Smith*

directed by William Carden*

Set in depression-era New York City and Stalinist Russia, Pidgeon follows the exploits of Leon Theremin, Soviet inventor and father of electronic music. When Theremin marries a whipsmart black prima ballerina, their expatriate romance shocks society and attracts the looming shadow of foreign terror. With Robert Joy*, Curran Connor*, Angela Lewis and Peter Maloney*, with Theremin music by Jen Rondeau

April 20 - 23 at 7pm, with a 2pm matinee on April 23

EST/Youngblood Presentation: A BRUNCH HISTORY OF TIME: The Youngblood Science Brunch