From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story

2011 IRNE Award Winner — Best New Play

Surprises erupt as a muralist’s work is derailed by hallucinations, pregnancy, and dinosaurs in this witty take on how we understand – or do not – the theory of evolution. And Charles Darwin comments on it all. Commissioned by the National Institutes of Health in celebration of the 150th anniversary of "On the Origin of Species."



Can a theater reviewer feel the thrill of discovery as keenly as Charles Darwin must have felt during his scientific exploits? Oh yes. Yes indeed.Telegram & Gazette

[A] remarkable demonstration of the strength that art and science can find when they work together to enlighten our minds and touch our souls. If you’ve ever wondered what playwrights and biologists could possibly have in common, here’s the missing link. — The Boston Globe

Lopez has given us a faithful portrait of a Charles Darwin who, like her fictional muralist, is at once deeply devoted to his children and struggling to balance his home life with his work. How refreshing to see a man, as well as a woman, talking about these issues

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Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, Underground Railway Theater’s science initiative with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA — March 31-May 2, 2010. Directed by Diego Arciniegas.

Fourth Wall Stage Company, Grafton MA — February 2013. Directed by Whit Wales.

Tufts Department of Drama & Dance, Medford MA — Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2014. Directed by Natalya Baldyga.