By Julie Bertrand
A play that depicts the contrasting facets of Charles Darwin’s life is coming to Trinity Western University on Monday, Oct. 31, at Freedom Hall.
Mr. Darwin’s Tree, written by Murray Watts, explores how Darwin went from aspiring clergyman to a scientist who changed the world with his theories of evolution and natural selection.
The show’s performance by solo actor Andrew Harrison navigates Darwin’s journey while working to hold onto his relationship with his devout Christian wife, Emma. The show highlights the ties between science, faith and family.
“A lot of the text from the script [of Mr. Darwin’s Tree] is taken from letters Darwin wrote,” said Professor Myron Penner, who, along with Dennis Venema, a biology professor at TWU, participated in an Oxford University seminar called Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and Humanities.
The production of Mr. Darwin’s Tree was made available to universities whose faculty participated in the seminar. It is currently touring North America.
“It’s good theatre,” Penner continued. “It will give audience members a window into the life of one of the most influential figures in science.”
Following the play, audience members are invited to stay for a talkback panel discussion featuring three TWU professors:
- Dennis Venema, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
- Kent Clarke, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies
- Angela Konrad, MFA, Professor and Chair of the School of Arts, Media + Culture Theatre
David Squires, Ph.D., Dean of the School of the Arts, Media + Culture, will moderate the panel discussion.
The touring production of Mr. Darwin’s Tree is underwritten by the Templeton Religion Trust, with the goal to strengthen the educational environment on Christian campuses by enhancing the conversation on science and religion.
Monday, Oct 31, 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., talkback to follow
Freedom Hall, Robert N. Thompson Building, Trinity Western University, Langley
$5 student admission
$10 regular admission
Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to purchase tickets at the door.
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