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The Scientists

A Forgetful Farce

A New Play (with Music) By Mark Costello, Sean Daniels, Eric Mercado, and Evan Watkins. Presented by Merkins, Daniello, and Sons

SPOTLIGHT ON: Valerie Graham

The Scientists New Jersey guest star, Valerie Graham, gives us her thoughts on Marie Curie, trampolines and the history of New Jersey.

Valerie Graham joins The Scientists

Valerie Graham joins The Scientists

SCIENTISTS: Tell us a little about yourself.
VALERIE: I’m Valerie.

S: What was the last show you did?
V: A show I wrote. Writing is fun. And stressful. Deadlines are real and typing can only go so fast. I found ad-libbing within my own structure to be incredibly freeing. I tend to get nervous during shows, so it was nice to let that go.

S: The Scientists is a historical farce, what is your favorite little-known or wacky historical fact about New Jersey? 
V: Here’s the thing. I moved from New Jersey when I was 8. I’m pretty sure that’s right before they teach history or geography. So….something something colonies….something something settlers?

Wingra Ave in New Jersey

Wingra Ave in New Jersey

S: What is the one thing The Scientists crew can't miss while visiting New Jersey?
V: My childhood home. Or the park at the end of the street. Just at the end of Wingra Ave. You’ll see it. 

S: If you were a scientist, what would you invent?
V: I want to be a physicist. I mean to transition careers. I’ll invent facts about the universe. 

S: What do you think about the real life Marie Curie? 
V: A great gal. I’ve joked that I’d love to do a companion piece to The Scientists, Marie’s solo docudrama. It’d be a beautiful mix of forms. We’d use a looper. We’d do science. Maybe it’d be immersive. You walk into her lab. She’s sitting at a table, moving between biting a pencil and erasing a problem. That sound starts to loop. The room would be pulsing. And then…

A trampoline

A trampoline

S: Someone tipped us off that Marie may do a bit of burlesque in the show, have you ever done burlesque before?
V: No. If I ever do burlesque it’ll be under the name Choo Choo. And I’ll dress in a boxy train costume. I’ll make great coal and caboose jokes. I’ll obviously sing a song called Trolly Folly. 

S: Any other big plans for this fall?
V: Saving for a trampoline.

 

Catch Valerie in The Scientists performing at 1978 Maplewoood Arts Center (1978artscenter.org/Sunday September 28th at 5:00pmClick here for more tickets and more info!

SPOTLIGHT ON: Mandy Hassett

Our newest guest star, Mandy Hassett, talks all things Rochester--garbage plates, world peace, and Buffalo Bill!

Mandy Hassett joins The Scientists in Rochester

Mandy Hassett joins The Scientists in Rochester

The Scientists team is ecstatic to announce that Rochester native Mandy Hassett will be guest starring in the role of Marie Curie at the First Niagra Rochester Fringe Festival September 25-27 at the Geva Theatre Center Fielding Nextstage! Check out our exclusive interview where she gives us the scoop on her hometown.

SCIENTISTS: Tell us a little about yourself.
MANDY: I'm a Rochester native, I love my family and friends, the Buffalo Bills, Disney princesses, and the theatre! 

S: What was the last show you did?
M: I was in Nunsense at Blackfriars Theatre here in Rochester. I played Sister Mary Amnesia with a group of Rochester's finest actresses!

S: The Scientists is a historical farce, what is your favorite little-known historical fact about Rochester? 
M: I just found out that Buffalo Bill Cody lived in Rochester in the 1870s and has three kids buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. He was one of the headliners at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris! Wacky!

Buffalo Bill was a headliner at the World's Fair- he also lived in Rochester! Source

Buffalo Bill was a headliner at the World's Fair- he also lived in Rochester! Source

S: What is the one thing The Scientists crew can't miss while visiting Rochester?
M: That would have to be trying a Garbage Plate from Nick Tahou's. It tastes a lot better than it sounds! 

S: If you were a scientist, what would you invent?
M: I would invent a world peace button. As soon as I pressed it, all the fighting and war would stop, and we would just be nice to one another and the world would be one big party!

S: What do you think about the real life Marie Curie? 
M: She was pretty awesome! Two Nobel Prizes? That is crazy cool!

S: Someone tipped us off that Marie may do a bit of burlesque in the show, have you ever done burlesque before?
M: Well no... but there is always a first time for everything...

S: Any other big plans for this fall?
M: I have some fun things coming up including choreographing Babes in Toyland for the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA), watching a whole lot of football, and eating a whole lot of pumpkin pie!

Catch Mandy in The Scientists performing at The First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (rochesterfringe.com) Thursday September 24th at 7:30pm, Friday September 25th at 7:30pm, and Saturday September 26th at 6pm at the Geva Theatre Center Fielding Nextstage (75 Woodbury Boulevard). Click here for more tickets and more info!

BY THE NUMBERS: Chicago Fringe

After a successful run at the Chicago Fringe 2014, let's take a look at the week by the numbers:

 
 

1,700 Miles Traveled

155 Hours in Chicago (excluding the hour difference)

94% Audience Capacity

32 slices of deep dish pizza

27 Successful Parallel Parking Jobs

12 pitchers of 312 beer

7 Tickets for the Chicago Architecture Tour

3 Performances

1 Best Swimsuit Award

Piquod's Pizza- the best in town!

The Scientists with Bikini Katie at Fringe Central

View from the architecture boat tour!

Thanks to the Chicago Fringe staff, artists, and volunteers--especially our honorary Scientist, Laura--for a great run in Chicago! 

SPOTLIGHT ON: Maya Boudreau

The Scientists Chicago guest star, Maya Boudreau, spills the "The Bean" on her hometown!

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SCIENTISTS: First off, welcome aboard The Scientists! We're thrilled to have you! Why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself?
MAYA: I'm from Chicago, I'm half French, quarter Greek, quarter Irish. Most recently described as "swarthy" by a costar on a McDonald's commercial.

S: Woah McDonalds! You must be lovin' it! What else have you been up to? Any theatre?
M: I was in Measure for Measure at the Goodman last year and completed the School at Steppenwolf a few months later. 

S: Oh really? What upcoming project are you most excited about--besides The Scientists of course!
MShooting a movie called Sticks in October where I get to shoot my movie mom with a sawed off shot gun! 

S: Some of the Scientists have never been to Chicago (though we all love the movie). What should we not miss while we are in the Windy City?
M: My mom and dad because they are really cute and I guess the bean.

The Smallest Man and Woman in the World in the "Midget City" at the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. Source

The Smallest Man and Woman in the World in the "Midget City" at the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. Source

S: The show centers around the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, but Chicago has hosted the fair a number of times as well. What's something we don't know about the World's Fair in Chicago?
M: The 1933-34 World's Fair had an exhibit called the "Midget City." Which is exactly what it sounds like.

S: In The Scientists, you play renowned physicist and chemist Marie Curie. Little known fact: Marie almost didn't receive a Nobel Prize because she was having an affair with a married man. What do you think about the real life Marie Curie and her Nobel Prize scandal?
M: Marie Curie mixed business with pleasure and that should be not only admired but celebrated!!

S: If Maya Boudreau were a scientist, what would she invent?
M: I'd invent a version of Tom's deodorant that actually works and doesn't make me smell worse than I normally would.

S: Rumor has it that Marie does a bit of burlesque in the show. Have you ever done burlesque before?
M: WHO TOLD YOU THAT?

S: Uhhhhh... I think that's all the time we have... Gotta get back to the lab...

Catch Maya in The Scientists performing at The Chicago Fringe Festival (www.chicagofringe.org) September 4th at 8:30pm, September 6 at 10pm, and September 7th at 4pm on the Deep Dish Stage at the CCJP Meeting Hall (5320 W Giddings Street). Click here for more tickets and more info!

New Portfringe Pics

In June, The Scientists hit the road for Portland, ME and the Portfringe '14 theatre festival. Check out some of our favorite production stills from the show!

Photo Credit: Bailey Carr

New Stop: Maplewood, NJ!

 
 

The Scientists are coming to NJ!

We are excited to announce a new stop for The Scientists: 1978 Arts Center in Maplewood, NJ! This one night only engagement will take place on September 28,  at 5pm! Tickets will be available soon, so check back for more information!

In the meantime, pay a visit to our host 1978 Arts Center! More info is available on their website: www.1978ArtsCenter.org

We're Back! PortFringe/NYC

The Scientists crew would like to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to support us in both NYC and at the PortFringe over the past week! 

The Scientists crew arrive at Portland Stage Company for PortFringe 2014

The Scientists crew arrive at Portland Stage Company for PortFringe 2014

UN PETITE SNEAK PEAK After some tough editing decisions and many hours of rehearsal at our CT home base--the Casa Costello--we were finally ready to put the show in front of its very first audience at our preview performances in NYC! We could not have been more thrilled or excited to share this show for the first time! We had a blast and we hope that you did too!

LOBSTER! LOBSTER! LOBSTER! Next, we made our way north to PortFringe 2014!  Our guest performer Eliza McCoy showed us what it was like to be a true Mainer and she killed it as Marie Curie! After two great performances, a booze-soaked preview of the show with The Scientists: Research & Debauchery and a lot of lobster rolls, we can safely say Portland was a great way to debut The Scientists!

Eliza McCoy  as Marie Curie

Eliza McCoy  as Marie Curie

HOME AWAY FROM HOME A very special thanks goes out to both Mark & Deborah Costello who hosted all of The Scientists for rehearsals in Connecticut, as well as Jim & Kelly McCoy who hosted the whole crew in Maine. Your generosity and kindness is deeply appreciated. And to quote Adolph Weiss "You're Scientists now!"

BACK TO THE LABORATORY With our first stop behind us, we head back to the laboratory before hitting the road for our next show at the Chicago Fringe festival! Stay tuned for more photos of the trip (there may have been a Beach photo shoot...) as well as additional dates and cities for The Scientists!

Pants down, bottoms up at The Scientists: Research & Debauchery

Pants down, bottoms up at The Scientists: Research & Debauchery

The Scientists with the McCoy family  (Photo: Bailey Carr)

The Scientists with the McCoy family 
(Photo: Bailey Carr)

PORTLAND ADDED PERFORMANCE

 
 

Saturday, June 28 at 6:30pm 
SPACE Gallery

Can't get enough of The Scientists? Curious about how the show was developed? Want to get drunk with us? Well you're in luck! We're happy to announce The Scientists Lab: Research & Debauchery at the PortFringe 2014!

Join us for a look behind the scenes and under our lab coat during this interactive evening with the cast and crew of The Scientists! Get an insight into our process as we perform some never before seen material as well as a sneak peak of the show. Grab a drink at the door and play a drinking game as you watch - we'll be playing along!

This show is a DOUBLE-TICKET which means you get TWO shows for the price of ONE! You'll also catch Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Sapphic Social Mores (SPPSSM)Check out their Facebook Page here!

The Scientists Lab: Research & Debauchery will perform at SPACE Gallery (538 Congress Street, Portland, ME) on Saturday, June 28 at 6:30pm. For more information on tickets and shows visit www.portfringe.com

SPOTLIGHT ON: Eliza McCoy

We talk lobster, Beyonce, and burlesque with ELIZA MCCOY who will be guest starring as Marie Curie in the Portland, ME production of The Scientists.

Eliza McCoy as Marie Curie

Eliza McCoy as Marie Curie

SCIENTISTS: So Eliza, tell us a little about yourself.
ELIZA MCCOY: I am an NYU drama student going into my senior year, a Mainer at heart, and a lobster enthusiast! 

S: Let's talk Maine. What was the last show you did there?
EM: I was in the company at The Arundel Barn Playhouse last summer. The season included Chicago, Shrek and All Shook Up! 

S: Some of The Scientists crew have never been up to the Pine Tree State. What is the one thing we can't miss while visiting Portland?
EM: THE LOBSTER. It is truly all it is cracked up to be. Also...if anyone has a chance, the Portland Seadogs games are something to see. A lighthouse emerges from the field during the 7th inning stretch! 

"Marie & Beyonce would've been friends"

"Marie & Beyonce would've been friends"

S: In The Scientists, you play renowned physicist and chemist Marie Curie. Little known fact: Marie almost didn't receive a Nobel Prize because she was having an affair with a married man. What do you think about the real life Marie Curie and her Nobel Prize scandal?
EM: I think if Beyonce had been alive in the late 1800's, they would have been friends. She is a fierce lady. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. She also was the first woman (in 1995!) to be placed in the Pantheon in Paris because of her own accomplishments. As far as the love affair scandal, I think it was fabulous. I mean, what else are you supposed to do after your husband is run over by a horse? 

S: Someone tipped us off that Marie may do a bit of burlesque in the show. Have you ever done burlesque before?
EM: A radioactive woman never reveals her isotopes! 

S: If Eliza McCoy were a scientist, what would she invent?
EM: This is a tough one. I think teleportation would be the handiest thing in the world. 

Marie's Burlesque Act

Marie's Burlesque Act

S: The play is set at the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, and you recently spent a semester there, what's your favorite thing about Paris?
EM: I loved how sometimes it felt like you could travel back in time just by turning down a new little street. There is something so preserved about life there. Of course, they do have all of the amenities of 2014...but at times I really did feel like Hemingway was going to pass me on the street! The jazz clubs were one of my highlights! 

S: After The Scientists, do you have any other big plans for this summer?
EM: I will be performing in a brand new musical by two composers from the NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing program in August! 

Catch Eliza in The Scientists performing at PortFringe 2014 (www.portfringe.com) June 27th at 10pm and June 29th at 12pm in the Portland Stage Company Storefront Theater! Click here for more info!

The Scientists is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The Scientists must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.