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PRESENTED AT HARRY'S UPSTAGE IN THE DASHOW WING

More than science is at stake when two women of different generations clash over what it means to be female. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-andcoming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. As the women thrash out their views, they struggle to find the middle ground between research and relationships. This intimate and keenly perceptive play by Sarah Treem (Netflix’s House of Cards, HBO’s In Treatment) explores evolution and emotion, and the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.

“…a smart , densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny.” ~ The New York Times

 

Runtime: Approximately 1 hour 55 minutes with 1 intermission

Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists
Press Coverage
Theater Profile: the invincible Joy Carlin Read Full Article »
- Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
You end up not only caring about these two women, and where they’ll go from here, but more engaged with some potentially life-changing ideas about what makes us human in the first place. Read Full Article »
- Robert Hurwitt
SF Chronicle
This heady new drama will certainly leave you thinking and feeling. Hard. Read Full Article »
- Karen D'Souza
San Jose Mercury News
Watching two fierce actors attack meaty material like [The How and the Why] is hugely pleasurable, and the fact that we get to learn some fascinating things about half of the world’s population is just evolutionary icing on this delectable theatrical cake. Read Full Article »
- Chad Jones
Theater Dogs
the redoubtable Joy Carlin add[s] an aptly expert touch in a play that puts motherhood and other women’s issues center stage. Read Full Article »
- Georgia Rowe
SF Examiner
don’t wait to see this terrifically thoughtful and stimulating play. Read Full Article »
- Emily Mendel
Berkeleyside
You're smart. The play is smart. The two of you should really meet. Read Full Article »
- Adam Brinklow
Edge SF
[Playwright Sarah] Treem and her skillful interpreters charge across more intellectual and emotional terrain than some theaters will approach in a season. Read Full Article »
- Leo Stutzin
The Huffington Post
"The How and The Why” delivers... I’ll be turning this one over in my head and revisiting for some time. Read Full Article »
- Cy Ashley Webb
Stark Insider
Joy Carlin directs this back-and-forth game... like a boxing match of wits and wills and at other times like a modern dance...Never does the pace, intrigue, and/or tension diminish Read Full Article »
- Eddie Reynolds
Theatre Eddys
one of the Bay Area's current best productions Read Full Article »
- Patrick Thomas
Talkin' Broadway
The How and the Why - Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uINNqIDBFRk

artists
MARTHA BIRGHAM* - Rachel 
NANCY CARLIN* - Zelda
SARAH TREEM - Writer
JOY CARLIN - Director
KENT DORSEY** - Scenic and Lighting Designer
CHRISTINE DOUGHERTY** - Costume Designer
CHRIS HOUSTON - Sound Designer
SARA SPARKS* - Stage Manager
DEVON LABELLE - Props Designer
Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists
production photos
Photos by David Allen
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
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