Each year, Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human examines the impact of a different field on that question. Conversations between scientists and playwrights lead to a festival of original short plays examining how current developments in that field may impact how we answer the question of what it means to be human.
This year our special theme is “The Science of Changing Your Mind” and, with the help of the University of Washington Psychology Department, we have invited four scientists and teamed each scientist with a local Seattle playwright. Their collaborations will lead to the creation of four intriguing short plays, each exploring the science underlying : How we make decisions, how we change minds - or don’t.
This year’s plays are:
“Pay Attention” by Pamela Hobart Carter
with Geoffrey Boynton. Ph.D.
Directed by Rachel Rene
“Hannigan Squee, Depatment P” by Elizabeth Heffron
with Stacia Dreyer, Ph.D.
Directed by Kathryn Stewart
“The Unlikely Valley” by Scotto Moore
with David Gire, Ph.D.
Directed by Jane Ryan
“Words for Snow” by K. Brian Neel
with Chantel Prat, Ph.D.
Directed by Jon Lutyens
Each evening includes staged readings of the plays, followed by a scientist-led conversation, providing an opportunity for audience members to grapple, in an immediate, visceral way, with the questions and issues raised by the plays.