Life Science

Life Science

by Anna Ziegler

Directed by Michael Perlman

July 15, 16, 17, 18, and 30 at 8:00 PM August 1 at 4:00 PM

Four Jewish kids struggle to survive high school. Leah loves Tom . . . probably. Michael loves Leah—or maybe still Dana—or maybe just soccer. Tom—the brainy Asian kid—isn’t sure about Leah or love or his Jewish parents. Ziegler’s pitch-perfect ear for the ”text-me” set makes coming-of-age fresh and true.

“How does anyone survive their late teen years? Confusion about personal identity and place in the world, surging hormones that you don’t know whether to flow with or stifle. It’s a wonder that the four high school seniors in Anna Ziegler’s entertaining Life Science don’t blow up like faulty rockets terminated shortly after launch …The scenes in which they show their vulnerabilities are well chosen… A skillfully told story. It’s about suffering, but we can’t help but be amused because we know that they’ll survive.” – The Providence Phoenix

Anna Ziegler (Playwright). Plays include: Dow and Ali (Playwrights Realm @ The Cherry Lane, June 2009, and Theatre 503, London, 2008), Photograph 51 (Fountain Theatre, March-May 2009; EST’s 2009 First Light Festival, directed by Lynne Meadow; winner of the 3rd annual STAGE International Script Competition; originally commissioned and produced by Mary Resing/ Active Cultures), Variations on a Theme (work shopped July 2008 by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Ethan McSweeny), The Minotaur (Fire Dept’s Salon Series, reading featured Campbell Scott, Mario Cantone), BFF (W.E.T., 2007), Novel (SPF, 2007), In The Same Room, To Be Fair, and Everything You Have. Ziegler’s plays have been developed by: Manhattan Theatre Club, The Sundance Theatre Lab, The Old Vic New Voices Program, Primary Stages, The Geva Theatre Center, The McCarter Theatre, Soho Rep, The Playwright’s Center PlayLabs Festival, Ars Nova, Theater J, New Georges (where she is an Affiliated Artist), Clubbed Thumb, The New Harmony Project, The hotINK Festival, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Catalyst Theater, Rorschach Theatre, The Berkshire Playwrights Lab, The Fireraisers Theatre Company at the Hampstad Theatre (London) and The Birmingham Rep, and by Company B at the Belvoir St. Theatre (Sydney, Australia). Ziegler’s work has been published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2007 (Smith and Kraus, Inc.) and New American Short Plays 2005 (Backstage Books, ed. Craig Lucas).  BFF and Life Science are published by Dramatists Play Service. A graduate of Yale, she holds an MFA from Tisch.