Enjoy Saturday afternoons at Shake Rag Alley for our second staged-reading series, presenting original plays in progress on our intimate outdoor theater, Alley Stage. Besides being fun to watch, a staged reading is an important way a playwrights can get valuable feedback from an audience (you!) and determine what their next steps are with the script.
About the play Charlie, Chastening Darwin by Greg Minster:
It’s the early 1870s. The age of scientific discovery stuns the world with new breakthroughs every day. Leading the charge? Iconic scientist Charles Darwin, author of an astonishing book, The Origin of Species.
However, unknown to many, Darwin also wrote another book titled The Descent of Man.
Most eager to promote his work presented in Origins, Darwin invites an American pioneer farmer to his home in the village of Downe, near London, England. The scientist intends to coach his visitor, a protégé of his theories whom he met through written correspondence, on effective ways to convince others of his controversial ideas.
Expecting his guest to be a rugged, middle-aged man, Darwin is shocked when a sophisticated young woman comes to his door.
The woman, Charlene “Charlie” Mahlkopf, while indeed agreeing with Darwin’s Origins theories, sharply disagrees with his acutely sexist conclusions put forth in Descent.
Step by step, the well-prepared Charlie skillfully lures Darwin into an intellectual trap that leaves him, and his findings in Descent of Man, absurd, groundless, and splendidly void of rebuttal!
Afternoon tea available at 3 pm (on-site, additional cost: $5)