Two scientists fall in love.
Two scientists, a biologist and a computer scientist, try to solve problems in their fields and fall in love in the process.
Elliot, a geeky computer science grad student and Molly, an equally geeky biology grad begin working together to solve problems in their respective fields. What begins as what they both claim is a professional relationship, though they know they are fooling themselves, becomes success both professional and personal. Traversing the territory of STEM fields and love is a risky experiment.
- Interior buildings
- Computer lab
- Elliot’s Apt. White board/computer
- Molly’s Apt. Clothes on the floor/laptop
- Outside the Science Bldg.
- Computer Lab
- Computer Lab
What changes in time?
- The play moves over the course of a semester. Likely a fall or Winter since he doesn’t want to make her leave for the cold outside.
- The scenes move in real time.
- Through a season of a year for a graduate student.
- The Play freezes up like a computer that needs a reboot
Changes in language or dress?
- semi professional
- bedroom i.e. whatever they threw on after sex/pj’s
- disheveled semi professional
- Computer fans whirring
- email send and receive
- clicking on keys
What changes in the action?
- The action doesn’t really change, in fact the characters act pretty static through out the play.
- Although it could be argued that during the sex scene or even after the action accelerates, but otherwise the action is pretty static.
- What changes are the people.
- The people are in pairs
- Most of their interactions are the same in the pairs i.e. they are generally doing the same thing with each other. Breaking up Lauren and Elliot/Molly and Don, Getting together Molly/Elliot, Molly/Franklin, Nell/Elliot. Breaking up/Getting together Molly/Elliot
- Analytical discussion of each individual’s perspective usually wrapped in the metaphor for whatever super science-y stuff they are working on, short punctuated speaking with interruptions talking-over and uhs, and umms meant to resemble the way people really talk about relationship stuff. Long diatribes about the characters field of study/research with an underlying metaphor of mate selection.
- Meant to model most peoples thoughts about the awkwardness and mortality associated with love.
- The rules of the world get broken when the play has a computer type failure.
- Blue is a theme for the play (represents love?)
- You should answer your phone/not answer your phone, depending on whether or not you want to be in a relationship with the person calling.
- Professional impropriety is a given.
- Old people just don’t understand. (Don)
- She knows what you mean, even when what you mean is what you mean and even when it isn’t (Girls are smarter than boys emotionally)
- Suggesting someone is pregnant as a joke is never funny.