By Carl Djerassi

This booklet examines the questions "What can technological know-how do for the theatre?" and "What can the theatre do for science?" which increase demanding situations for either theatre pros and scientists. surprisingly, this e-book bargains with performs at first as examining fabric -- as texts to be learn by myself or in dramatic readings -- instead of emphasizing performances at the degree. Concrete examples are given to illustrate the capability pedagogic worth of utilizing the dialogic type and plot constitution of performs in technological know-how, with a distinct specialise in chemistry.

only a few books have handled the topic of science-in-theatre and almost none with chemistry-in-theatre. Texts of the author's contemporary performs, Insufficiency and Phallacy, are incorporated of their entirety to supply concrete examples of performs facing real (rather than invented) chemistry. Insufficiency represents an instance from the sector of beer and fizz bubbles, the place the themes of educational tenure and style in chemistry are analyzed, while in Phallacy, a case background of the similarities and modifications among technology and artwork is gifted for debate.

Readership: scholars and execs within the fields of technological know-how and theatre, in addition to those who are attracted to those fields.

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Beat] Sure, go ahead. But first, let me find you a beaker. stefania He is about to rise, but she stops him. stefania It’s okay. I can drink out of the bottle. indd 23 2/22/2012 12:06:12 PM b1339 Chemistry in Theatre (by Carl Derjassi) 24 Chemistry in Theatre You haven’t asked me why I asked you to come. Or weren’t you curious? stefania Curious? Yes. But I figured you’d tell me sooner or later. leo Yes, of course. [Beat] Would you do me a personal favor? stefania Of course. leo Without first knowing what’s it all about?

Prosecutor Are we now talking about professional or personal knowledge? stefania You can’t always tease them apart. prosecutor [ironic] Oh? Aren’t we then dealing with a conflict of interest? stefania I don’t understand. Professor de la Croix does not report to me [beat] and I don’t report to him. So how can there be a conflict of interest? prosecutor The word “report” has several meanings. stefania Which one are you referring to? prosecutor To avoid any further sparring, or hen’s-teeth pulling, let’s limit ourselves to when “report” refers to the transmittal of information from one person to another.

Leo Exactly! Specifically whether you use a champagne flute or a coupe€— you know the type of wide glasses used for daiquiris — with one favoring more gas and the other more alcohol. I was so annoyed I even forgot which glass favors what. indd 28 2/22/2012 12:06:12 PM b1339 Chemistry in Theatre (by Carl Derjassi) Insufficiency 29 But why be annoyed? Because Jerry then started to inform me that the coupe was introduced in France in homage to the shape of Marie Antoinette’s breast. Or maybe it was Madame de Pompadour!

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