Alley Stage Reading Series: "Charlie, Chastening Darwin" by Greg Minster

June 25, 2022

Schedule: 4-6 pm

Instructor: Greg Minster

Registration Deadline: June 24

Description

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!

  • $5

Afternoon tea available at 3 pm (on-site, additional cost: $5)

Instructor

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Greg Minster

Greg Minster of Sheboygan has written numerous play-scripts of historic fiction. His other play-scripts include The Stovepipe Hat (a work on the death of Abraham Lincoln), and Words to the Wise, which earned second place in the Michael Lebow Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Play Script for Youth Theatre contest.…Read More

Greg Minster of Sheboygan has written numerous play-scripts of historic fiction. His other play-scripts include The Stovepipe Hat (a work on the death of Abraham Lincoln), and Words to the Wise, which earned second place in the Michael Lebow Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Play Script for Youth Theatre contest. A retired self-employed small businessman, Greg has a business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has taken several off-campus writing courses from the University of Iowa and an online play-script writing continuing education course from UW-Madison.