Science Fair is opening at last. I've interviewed the scientists, I've created the libretto, I've commissioned the composers, and I've built a papier-maché volcano. Now it's time to see some results!
As many of you already know, Science Fair is the culmination of a multi-year residency at HERE Arts Center in New York City. This fully-staged, theatrical presentation of my two-woman show (myself and pianist Erika Switzer) includes lyrics by well-known scientists and writers, including an astronomer, a chemist, a particle physicist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, and a middle school science teacher. The show will include live demonstrations of basic scientific concepts that shape our understanding of the world, familiar classroom experiments elucidated and illuminated, slideshows with illustrations by comic artist Maki Naro, and even a wearable model of the solar system. All while singing!
Your generous support can help us in many ways. Although we have the warm and enthusiastic support of the HERE family, and a grant from the Matisse Foundation, we still don't have enough money to fully fund a theatrical production. With your help, we can pay the following amazing people closer to what they deserve for their hard work and creativity:
Our four composers, Matthew Schickele, Renée Favand-See, Stefan Weisman, and Conrad Cummings, who have accomplished the heroic task of setting a Very Large Array of scientific language to song, and should be properly compensated.
Our stage director, Lisa Rothe, whose interest in science has already lead her to create an opera about Ada Lovelace (mathematician daughter of Lord Byron who is considered the grandmother of computer programming); also our set and projection designer, Caite Kemp, and our lighting designer, Lucrecia Briceno.
Our piano movers and tuners, who will deliver and care for a baby grand that has been generously loaned to HERE for the run of the show.
Our costume designer, who is...well, me! I need your generosity to buy the materials needed for the aforementioned wearable model of the solar system; also some hats: one that looks like the sun; another that holds the moon on its orbit.
And then there's the papier-maché volcano, with obligatory baking-soda and vinegar. And the strawberries from which we will extract DNA. And the molecular models. And the sound spectrograph. And...
Performances at HERE Arts Center, 145 Sixth Avenue (at Dominick Street), in the DOT (downstairs), running for two weeks:
Wednesday, April 13, Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 at 7pm;
Sunday, April 17 at 2pm;
Wednesday, April 20, Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23, at 7pm;
Sunday, April 24 at 2pm
Risks and challenges
Our Science Fair Project: What do we get when we combine two common but mysterious elements, Opera and Science? My hypothesis: Science + Opera = Entertainment. However, the hypothesis is controversial. Smaller studies have already shown that the byproducts of this reaction can include amusement and wonder. At this stage of study, we need a large cohort of volunteers ("The Audience") to explore the question further. If you have a known sensitivity to Opera or Science, please consult your arts advisor before embarking on a viewing of Science Fair.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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