Tooth and Claw
Tooth and Claw
Reptile specialist Schuyler Baines – “the Savior of Giant Tortoises” and the first female director of the Charles Darwin Research Station – arrives in Galápagos full of ideas and idealism. But when she becomes aware of an exploding black market that threatens to destroy the islands’ fragile ecosystem, Schuyler shuts the industry down, sparking a deadly, survival-of-the-fittest conflict with native fishermen. A bold, theatrical exploration of evolution, extinction, and the ever-present nature of Darwin’s “struggle for life.”
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Michael Hollinger, born on January 13th, 1962, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is an American playwright who is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and an alumnus of New Dramatists. He received a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Oberlin Conservatory in 1984 and a Master of Arts in Theatre from Villanova in 1989. He has been married to Megan Bellwoar since 1990.
Because of his background as a musician, Hollinger considers his plays compositions. In his own words, “Plays are music to me; characters are instruments, scenes are movements; tempo, rhythm and dynamics are critical; and melody and counterpoint are always set in relief by rests—beats, pauses, the spaces in between.”
Hollinger has written three short films for PBS and co-authored the feature-length “Philadelphia Diary”. His awards include the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Fund for New American Plays, three Barrymore Awards for Outstanding New Play, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award, a commission from The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project, and fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.