The Catastrophist is an intimate, time-jumping, science-fueled, memory-leaping, one-person play based on the life and work of virologist and pandemic expert, Dr. Nathan Wolfe. Set 3 years before the novel coronavirus emerged, and written during the lockdowns of 2020, this true story of love, family, and loss dives into the profundities of scientific exploration, the prescience of pandemic predition, and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality. The Catastrophist is a new theatrical experience, published here in its premiere production edition, built of and for this moment.
Edição da Autora/Author's edition
Lauren M. Gunderson
Lauren has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for “I and You” and “The Book of Will”, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She co-authored the “Miss Bennet” plays with Margot Melcon, and her audioplay “The Half-Life Of Marie Curie” is available on Audible.com. Her work is published at Playscripts (“I and You”, “Exit Pursued by a Bear”, “The Taming”, and “Toil and Trouble”), Dramatists Play Service (“The Revolutionists”, “The Book of Will”, “Silent Sky”, “Bauer”, “Natural Shocks”, “The Wickhams”, and “Miss Bennet”) and Samuel French (“Emilie”). Her picture book “Dr. Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon” is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.
More information: www.laurengunderson.com, www.playscripts.com, www.dramatists.com, www.concordtheatricals.com, www.arts.gov, en.wikipedia.org and www.newyorker.com