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Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22

Glen Berger
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Battling obstacles both grand and trivial in eighteenth-century France, two little-known scientists strive mightily to advance humanity’s understanding of life and the universe at the heady height of the Age of Enlightenment.

Production Info

Cast: 7 total (2 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“What if the great mind of our time belonged not to an inventor or historian, but a playwright? It’s a question prompted by each new work from former Seattle resident Glen Berger.” —Portland Tribune

“A wager: If Glen Berger isn’t one of the American theater scene’s most respected writers by the next decade, I’ll sit twice through every pretentious wank by every fringe playwright currently trying to emulate him. Berger has what most ambitious young artists would kill for: the ability to be off-the-chart unusual and still say something of universal resonance.” —Seattle Weekly

“Glen Berger’s work feels like what an entire generation of playwrights have been struggling to write.” —The Stranger, Seattle

“Along with Kushner and Stoppard, Berger is only a handful of playwrights of wit and vocabulary creating works of dramatic weight and size. Although they take political positions and tackle cosmic questions to which no one has the answers, these plays never abandon theatrical flair and entertainment value.” —Windy City Times, Chicago

“Berger is one of those today finding great humor in hardships, expanding and redefining tragedy, while claiming this form for a new generation.” —The Columbian, Portland

About the Author


  • Glen Berger

    Glen Berger's plays include UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL (more than 450 performances off Broadway; several Best Play awards; more than 200 productions; translated into eight languages), O LOVELY GLOWWORM (2005 Portland Drammy Award for Best Script), and GREAT MEN OF SCIENCE, NOS. 21 & 22 (1998 Ovation Award and L A Weekly Award for Best Play). His television credits include two Emmy Awards (twelve total nominations) and more than 150 episodes for children's series, including Arthur (P B S), Peep (Discovery/The Learning Channel), Big and Small (B B C), and Fetch (P B S), for which he was head writer for all five of its seasons. Berger was the co-bookwriter for SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK on Broadway, directed by Julie Taymor, with music by Bono and Edge of U2. He wrote a book of that experience — Song of Spider-Man — which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2013. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 4/1/2007
Pages 96
ISBN 9780881452914

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Special Notes

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Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22 is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC