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Isaac’s Eye

Isaac’s Eye

Lucas Hnath


To understand light and optics better, young Isaac Newton inserted a long needle “between my eye and the bone, as near to the backside of my eye as I could.” Why take such a risk? Lucas Hnath reimagines the contentious, plague-ravaged world Newton inhabited in Isaac’s Eye exploring the dreams and longings that drove the rural farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in modern science.

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Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Writing at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He was born Lucas Blanche, in Miami in 1979, and grew up in Orlando, Florida. In 1997, Hnath moved to New York to study Medicine, but quickly switched to Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a B.F.A. in 2001 and a M.F.A. in 2002. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.


Hnath’s work as a playwright includes “A Doll’s House, Part 2”; “Hillary and Clinton”; “Red Speedo”; “The Christians”; “A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney”; “Isaac’s Eye” (available on DCPAS); and “Death Tax”. His work has been produced nationally and internationally, including at Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Royal Court Theatre, and on Broadway at the John Golden Theater.


He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a resident of New Dramatists. His plays are published by Dramatists Plays Service, Playscripts, Nick Hern Books, Overlook Press, and Theatre Communications Group.


Hnath is a recipient of an Obie, Guggenheim Fellowship, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Whiting Award, Kesselring Prize, two Steinberg citations from the American Theatre Critics Association, and a 2017 Tony nomination for Best Play. At NYU, Hnath has previously served as a Language Lecturer in the Expository Writing Program. Additionally, he has taught at Rutgers, University of Rochester, and the Southampton Writers Conference.

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