The only way to change the past is to create a new one...
In a strikingly familiar future, a regretful father attempts to fix the mistakes he made in raising his son by starting over with a clone—or rather, a number of clones. But is it really possible atone for the sins of the past? Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill’s suspenseful 'A Number' sees the shocking story unfold as the men reconnect over several encounters, delving into what really happened and allowing the audience to explore for themselves: who do you trust, and who is to blame?
Featuring two tour-de-force performances, this ingenious and illuminating twist on a family drama examines the idea of individuality and the very nature of identity. Staged in WT’s Gillian Theatre by Chicago director Robin Witt, the WT production will have you on the edge of your seat, revealing the emotional core of this gripping play and drawing audiences into its intriguing dystopia as it asks fascinating questions about the morality of actions that might just be taking place tomorrow…
Advisory: This production contains strong language and discussion of violence and self-harm.
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The popular Live Lit event comes to WT! At You’re Being Ridiculous, real people tell true stories about their lives. Each performer is linked by a rotating theme, and by the desire to make you laugh—and once in awhile, cry. In honor of the Writers Theatre production of A Number, the theme for this round will be: The Future!
The You’re Being Ridiculous motto: Good stories are better than good times. “We laugh at ourselves and laugh with each other.”
Scheduled performers: Margaret Benson, Jennie Ellman, Dennis Frymire, Leora Hatchwell, Willy Nast, Jeremy Owens and Nadine Warner. $15 admission.
Caryl Churchill’s intellectual thriller A Number is set “in a strikingly familiar future,” where certain scientific and technological advances allow people to attempt to fix past mistakes by starting over—in a way. At this timely From Page to Stage event, our guest expert will dive into the ethics of scientific discoveries. As we make great progress in the realm of technology, are scientists stopping to ask the right questions? Just because we can do something, does that necessarily mean that we should? Come tackle these urgent questions and learn about the latest moral dilemmas facing today’s greatest minds.
It’s a question that has been pondered for ages: does “nature” or “nurture” wield the biggest influence? Join us in the Gillian Theatre as we welcome Professors Emma K. Adam and Vijay Mittal of Northwestern University to tackle the assumption that only one of these factors solely controls our development. Inspired by Writers Theatre’s production of A Number by Caryl Churchill, come listen to case studies that put forth arguments for both sides, analyze the data and draw your own conclusions as we attempt to unpack how both our DNA and our environment impact our lives.
Post-Show Conversation: The Word
Join us after every Tuesday and Thursday evening performance (excluding First Week and any extension weeks) for a 15-minute discussion of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Post-Show Conversation: The Artist
Join us after every Wednesday evening performance (excluding First Week and any extension weeks) for a 15-minute talk-back featuring actors from the production, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.