"The How and The Why"


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Two female evolutionary biologists debate professional and personal topics in this drama from a writer of "House of Cards"

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The Deal

  • $15 for one ticket to The How and The Why (up to $31.50 value)
  • Where: Mendenhall Center For The Performing Arts
  • Seating: best available
  • Ticket values include all fees.

Available Performances

  • Thursday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, July 4, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 5, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The How and The Why

It's the night before a national conference on science, and a graduate student and a Harvard professor meet and begin to discuss their chosen field: evolutionary biology, specifically as it pertains to women. Professor Zelda Kahn has won awards for her research into the subject—but Rachel, the young student, poses a counter-argument that challenges her theories. As the evening progresses and the conversation heats up, the women find that their intellectual debate is turning into a personal battle.

With a script hailed by The New York Times as "a smart, densely textured work," The How and The Why challenges audiences with its queries on science and its examination of human interaction. This interpersonal drama is a a familiar subject for playwright Sarah Treem, a writer and producer of the acclaimed television shows House of Cards and In Treatment.

New Century Theatre

Thanks to New Century Theatre, you don't have to go to New York City or locate a convenient spatial wrinkle to see Broadway-worthy drama. That's because the Massachusetts-based company fills its seasons with a wealth of critically acclaimed works, local premieres, and new plays. Since its founding in 1991, New Century has made its mission to stage high-caliber productions—including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Glass Menagerie—while simultaneously serving as a training ground for area actors and directors.

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