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Press Release

February 3, 2010
Josie Patterson
MIT Museum

Second Fridays at the MIT Museum
From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story
a reading

From orchids to octopi

Friday, February 12
6:30 p. m to 7:30 p. m.
Location:  MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA
Free admission; ages: teens through adult

The Catalyst Collaborative @ MIT presents a reading of the play From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story. Written  by award-winning playwright Melinda Lopez of Upton, MA the play's imaginative telling of the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution includes voices and characters from the past two centuries. Surprises erupt as a muralist's work is derailed by hallucinations, pregnancy, and dinosaurs in this witty take on how we understand - or don't- the theory of evolution.

The reading is a 40 minute excerpt from the play, read by actors from the Central Square Theater.  The reading is part of the MIT Museum's free admission Second Friday's series which features on a monthly basis activities, refreshments and the opportunity to tour the Museum. The play will be introduced by actress and Central Square Theater founder Debra Wise, who will also lead a post reading discussion.

Second Friday on February 12 also features:


5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Presentations and Demonstrations: Evolution in Biomedical Research

Speak with scientists and engineers from the Page Lab and the Linquist Lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Learn about how processes of evolution are used in current biomedical research.

6: 30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A reading of the play, From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Talk Back Discussion

Talk about the play with Jonathan King, MIT Professor of Molecular Biology and Darwin enthusiast, Debra Wise, a founder of the Central Square Theater, and the actors.

Refreshments from Cafe Luna


About the playwright
Melinda Lopez was the first recipient of the Kennedy Center's Woollard "Promising New Voice in American Theatre" and has received multiple Elliot Norton Awards (Boston's Tony). Her plays have been performed on NPR and in theaters nation-wide—most recently at Williamstown. Her work in science theater includes a commission from the Boston Museum of Science.

About the Catalyst Collaborative@MIT
CC@MIT is a unique collaboration between MIT and the Underground Railway Theater (URT), a company with 30 years experience creating and touring new works. CC@MIT presents plays that deepen public understanding about science, examining the human condition through the lens of science and technology. CC@MIT award-winning productions take place annually during the Cambridge Science Festival, and have been featured during the New York City World Science Festival.

From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story
March 31– May 2, 2010
Central Square Theater, Cambridge, Ma.

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