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Published on 17.10.12

CRANN hosts World Premiere of Best New Play

Winning playwright, Alana Valentine

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Ear to the Edge of Time, winner of the prestigious STAGE International Script Competition for the best new play about science and technology, will receive a special staged reading at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin this Sunday, October 21st, at 4:00 p.m. The cast features some of Ireland’s hottest actors:  Lorcan Cranitch, Simon Delaney, Rosaleen Linehan, Pauline McLynn, Hugh O’Conor, Marcella Plunkett and Killian Scott.

STAGE – Scientists, Technologists and Artists Generating Exploration – is housed at the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California in Santa Barbara. STAGE comes to Dublin this year through the efforts of CRANN, the Science Foundation Ireland funded nanoscience institute based at Trinity College Dublin.

The winning script, by Australian playwright Alana Valentine, was selected by a world-class panel of judges: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Tony Kushner, David Lindsay-Abaire and Donald Margulies, and Nobel Laureates Robert C. Richardson, Frank Wilczek and David J. Wineland. The play was singled out of hundreds of entries hailing from a dozen countries.

The STAGE award is coveted among playwrights for the prestige and opportunities it brings, as well as for its sizeable $10,000 prize. Immediately prior to the reading of her play, Ms. Valentine will be receive her prize this Sunday from David Awschalom, an award-winning physicist and director of the California NanoSystems Institute, and Nancy Kawalek, founder and director of STAGE. Ms. Kawalek will also direct the reading.

Speaking in advance of the reading, Dr. Diarmuid O’Brien, Executive Director at CRANN said, “We are delighted that Dublin has been chosen to host STAGE this year and that we have actors of the highest calibre participating.  STAGE is a wonderful opportunity to communicate science to the public in a meaningful but fun way. The fact that Dublin was chosen from a host of international competitors, is recognition of the esteem in which Ireland is now held as a science nation. Congratulations again to Alana, and I look forward to the reading of her script in the Samuel Beckett this weekend.”

Ms. Kawalek shared Dr. O’Brien’s enthusiasm: “It’s an honour and a great pleasure for STAGE to collaborate with CRANN this year. Creativity and innovation, whether of a scientific and/or an artistic nature, are what drive civilisation and culture toward excellence. By joining forces, STAGE and CRANN are sending and celebrating that message across the 2012 City of Science and beyond.” In addition to heading up STAGE, Ms. Kawalek is a professional director, actor and writer, as well as a professor at the University of California.

In Valentine’s Ear to the Edge of Time, a contemporary radio astronomer faces a desperate crisis about gender politics, attribution, and the role of team work in 21st century science. The play deals with the fascinating machinations of astronomical physics, as well as the dilemmas, compromises and culture that are part of scientific discovery.

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