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An Experiment With An Air Pump: Exploring the human side of scientific research on stage

November 10th, 2015
1:00 PM


Tuesday, November 10

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

12:00 - 1:15

Light lunch served

Join us for a conversation with members of the cast and creative team of Duke Theater Studies' Fall Main Stage Production, An Experiment With An Air Pump, directed by Jules Odendahl-James. The play, which opens on Thursday, November 12 and runs through Sunday, November 22 in Sheafer Theater, asks, "What price would you pay for knowledge?" More information about the production here.

The discussion will include Jules Odendahl-James, set designer Sarah Krainin, and Duke students/cast members Philip McClure, Susanna Booth, Faye Goodwin, and Paul Popa.

Jules Odendahl-James

Duke University

Jules Odendahl-James is an artist/scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and an MFA in Directing from University of Texas Austin. She has taught a range of courses in Theater Studies (from Acting to Performing Science) at Duke University along with serving as the dramaturg or director for eight of Theater Studies' mainstage shows. In addition to her work in theater at Duke and in Durham (most recently as the director of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls by Meg Miroshnik at Manbites Dog Theatre) she is now the Program Director for Humanities Advising at Duke. She has published work in several journals such as Theatre Topics, Crime Media Culture, and Theater Survey and in the edited collections The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy; Woman on Trial: Gender and the Accused Woman in Plays From Ancient Greece to the Contemporary Stage; and Violence in American Popular Culture (forthcoming 2015).


Sarah Krainin

Duke University

Sarah Krainin is an object artist and scenic designer who works nationally for theater, dance, opera and puppetry. She resided as props artisan for Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and for Mr. Foreman's opera collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, What to Wear (REDCAT). Recent collaborations include scenic design for the premiere of Kimber Lee’s different words for the same thing, Erik Ehn’s Clouded Sulphur, directed by Janie Geiser for RADARLA, and object design for Invisible Cities, a site-specific opera created by The Industry in Los Angeles’Union Station.  Sarah has also designed puppets for Torry Bend’s The Paper Hat Game, If My Feet Have Lost the Ground, and Love’s Infrastructure, performances which combine live puppetry and video to explore relationships between the body, cityscape and landscape. Sarah makes short puppet shows in which objects transform in unexpected ways, and writes graphic scores for object theater. She has a BA in Theater and Classical Civilization from Wesleyan University, and an MFA in Scenic Design from CalArts.

Rachel Ingold

Duke University

Rachel Ingold has been Curator for the History of Medicine Collections at Duke since 2010. The History of Medicine Collections and the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library include an array of rare books, manuscripts, instruments & artifacts documenting the history of health sciences. The Rubenstein Library has a wealth of materials reflecting both the history of science and history of medicine and welcome researchers to utilize their collections.