The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

by  Madeleine George

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

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The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

by  Madeleine George

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The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
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    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Pulitzer, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Please Note: The ePlay currently for sale cannot be used for productions. Please purchase the Acting Edition for performance. 

Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love.

These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.

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Accolades

  • Finalist! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama 
    Winner! 2014 John Gassner Award 
    The 2014 Kilroys List

Reviews


REVIEWS

"MARVELOUS AND FILLED WITH MARVELS. In the Stoppardian world of The Watson Intelligence, Madeleine George's human, dramatic play takes surprising turns." - New York Magazine, Read More

"[Madeleine George] juggles several deep themes with grace, wit and intellectual verve" - Time Out New York, Read More 

"Thoughtful and ambitious" - Entertainment Weekly


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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 19th Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A wood-paneled sitting room with a desk, chair, coffee table, credenza, and fireplace, never lit.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 1f
WATSON - 20s to 60s
MERRICK - 50s
ELIZA - 30s 

On February 16, 2011, IBM’s natural-language-processing supercomputer, Watson (designed by a team of over twenty programmers and named after Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM), beat the two winningest champions in Jeopardy! history, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, on the third night of a televised Jeopardy! tournament.

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell placed the first telephone call to his assistant, Thomas A. Watson, in a nearby room over roughly twenty feet of cable. The famous words of this first communication by wire (“Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you!”) were remembered by Watson himself in an interview some 50 years later as “Mr. Watson – come here – I want you.”

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective who solved mysteries using his signature form of rational deductive analysis and the help of his friend and chronicler Dr. John H. Watson in London from 1887 to 1914. He was killed twice by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, once in 1891, by a fatal fall off a cliff into Reichenbach Falls, and again in 1930, by the death of the creator himself.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Madeleine George

Madeleine George's plays The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist), have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Clubbe ...

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The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence premiered in New York City at Playwrights Horizons in December of 2013, under the direction of Leigh Silverman. 

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