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Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
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Arabian Nights

adapted by Dominic Cooke

directed by Daniel Gidron

November 17 – December 31, 2011

Enter ancient Persia, and be transformed by the power of storytelling. King Shahrayar, after being driven mad by his first wife’s infidelity, brands all women unfaithful. He takes a new bride every night, until he meets Shahrazad, who enchants him with magical tales spanning the globe, winning his love and respect in the process.

Based on One Thousand and One Nights_, a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, Arabian Nights_ is rich with suspense, romance and hilarity — stories irresistible for all ages, At its heart is the power of the imagination to heal, inspire, and transform. Central Square Theater’s resident companies join forces for their first co-production! A co-production between The Nora Theatre Company & Underground Railway Theater.

Photograph 51

by Anna Ziegler

directed by Daniel Gidron

February 9 – March 4, 2012

In 1951, British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin became a research associate at King’s College in London, where her X-ray imaging revealed DNA’s double helix structure, leading to the 1953 Nobel Prize – but not for Franklin. As told with wit and urgency by a chorus of scientists who relive the competitive chase to be the first to map the DNA molecule, Photograph 51 is the story of the fiercely independent spirit of a young, ambitious scientist and her unsung, trailblazing achievements. Winner of the 2008 Stage International Script Competition for Best New Play About Science & Technology. Produced by The Nora Theatre Company.

Remembering H.M.

written & directed by Wesley Savick

April 12 – May 13, 2012

At the age of 27, Henry Molaison became frozen in time. After experimental brain surgery, H.M. (as he was known to the scientific community) was unable to form new memories. His personal tragedy became neuroscience’s golden opportunity, contributing more to our understanding of the brain than had been learned in the previous 100 years. A scientific detective story, Remembering H.M. explores the mysteries of his moving story, expanding on them and helping us understand ourselves. This world premiere is being created in conversation between scientists who studied H.M. and artists: playwright Wesley Savick (Einstein’s Dreams, Tru Grace), composer Tod Machover, and designer Justin Townsend.

Produced by Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, a science theater collaboration between Underground Railway Theater & MIT.

_Car Talk: The Musical!!! _

by Wesley Savick & Michael Wartofsky

directed by Wesley Savick

June 14 – July 15, 2012

A new musical comedy inspired by the legendary NPR radio show recorded in “our fair city”, and performed only blocks from where Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, opened their Good News Garage! Rusty Fenders, a hapless middle-aged owner of a terminally ill ‘93 Kia, falls in love with Miata C. LaChassis, who guides him to the Emerald Garage, home of the Wizard of Cahs. _Car Talk: The Musical!!! _sends up classic Broadway songs, exploring our romantic obsession with the automobile. Ultimately, the world of _Car Talk: The Musical!!! _is just like the radio show: More than auto repair, it’s about life, love, laughter, and the American Dream. Produced by Underground Railway Theater in Association with Suffolk University.

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