How the World Began
Full Length Play, Drama / 2m, 1f
Sharp, thoughtful and mysterious, How the World Began is a powerful story about an outsider in a close-knit, devastated community. Looking at the tension between secular religion and evolution, and how this is taught in schools, this provocative, intellig
"Faith and science collide in one small room, and sparks fly spectacularly in this drama..." - The London Times
“Rare and refreshing intelligence.” - The New Yorker
“Compassionately, [Trieschmann] takes pains to grant each viewpoint its share of emotional truth.” - The Village Voice
“An insightful and compassionate drama…[Trieschmann] is unafraid of portraying difficult women who make mistakes…An unusually sensitive theatrical dialogue about the nature of belief and the culture of coping.” - Time Out New York
“Characters interact naturally and believably, as emotions and tension heat up in the claustrophobic school trailer…Trieschmann provides a thought-provoking look at the complexity of people who find it impossible to empathize with viewpoints not their own when it comes to the topic of religion.” – Associated Press
“Trieschmann's gripping three-hander is very much in a tradition of American issue plays… But the cleverness of this piece is that its central drama is not about science versus creationism, but about faith and faithlessness, the gap between east-coast liberalism and small-town America, and about the way we dismiss other people's points of view.” - The Guardian
"Trieschmann's writing is taut and laced with irony. Susan may not believe in God, but her language bristles with Christian allusion." - The Times
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Plainview, Kansas - a small town in northwest Kansas. The inside of a trailer.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
MICAH STAAB – 16
GENE DINKEL – 60s
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The world premiere of How the World Began was produced jointly during the 2011-2012 season in New York City by Women's Project Theater (Julie Crosby, Producing Artistic Director) and in Costa Mesa, California by South Coast Repertory Theater.
The play received its European premiere at the Arcola Theatre, London on 15 November 2011, presented by Tom Atkins with support from out of Joint.