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THE HOW AND THE WHY by Sarah Treem, directed by Keira Fromm

The How and the Why
Performance Calendar

February 6 - April 6, 2014
previews 1/28 - 2/5

Running time:
Approximately 1 hour 55 minutes, including one intermission

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From the writer/producer of television hits like House of Cards and In Treatment comes this smart and compelling new play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. Two women meet for the first time on the eve of a national conference. Both are brilliant evolutionary biologists who share a zeal for science and a bold, contrarian approach to their male-dominated field—even as one challenges the other with a radical new theory that may change the way people regard sex. As mysteries unfold about their relationship, the two scientists clash over differing views on evolution, feminism and generational divides in modern America.

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Sarah Treem (Playwright) is a television writer/producer and playwright. Her television credits include the Showtime pilot The Affair, the groundbreaking Netflix drama House of Cards, the acclaimed HBO series In Treatment (for which she won a WGA award and was nominated for a Humanitas award) and the HBO series How to Make it in America. She also has worked on adapting Samantha Peale’s novel The American Painter Emma Dial for HBO with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Treem participated in the 11th annual Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Film and TV Master Class in Israel in July 2009 and in a conference titled “How They Did It: Turning an Israeli series into HBO’s In Treatment” for New York Women in Film & Television in March 2010. Her full-length plays include Empty Sky; Against the Wall; Mirror, Mirror; A Feminine Ending; and Human Voices. She has been in residence at The Sundance Institute, The Ojai Playwriting Conference, The Screenwriters Colony and the Yaddo Artists’ Colony. She has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory and Playwrights Horizons, and has been a fellow at the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop. Treem has taught playwriting at Yale University, where she earned her BA and MFA degrees.

Keira Fromm (Director) is a Jeff Award-nominated director (for Lobby Hero at Redtwist Theater), teacher and casting director in Chicago. Upcoming and recent directing credits include Broadsword (Gift Theatre), Fallow (Steep Theatre) and Enfrascada (16th Street Theater), plus staged readings at TimeLine Theatre, Steep Theatre, About Face Theatre, Route 66 Theatre, Chicago Dramatists and Red Tape Theatre. While living in New York City, Fromm served as the Resident Director of the popular off-Broadway shows The Donkey Show and The Karaoke Show. She also was the Audience Casting Coordinator for the original Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Fromm received her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is a proud member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and an ensemble member of the New York based theater company Stage 13. She currently teaches audition and monologue workshops at Green Shirt Studio and is the Casting Associate at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.