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Roald Hoffmann's Should've: A Staged Reading in Collaboration with the Studio Theatre

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.

Free and open to the public. Registration and photo ID required.


Should've follows three people forever changed by the death of prominent chemist Friedrich Wertheim, who has taken his own life after seeing his work give terrorists an easy-to-make neurotoxin. His scientist daughter, who questions her father's ethics and choices; her partner, a conceptual artist with more than one skeleton in his closet; and Wertheim's estranged second wife, discover secrets that will change the way they perceive Wertheim's life.

Written by Nobel prize-winning chemist and National Academy of Sciences member Roald Hoffmann, Should've is part detective story, part ethical consideration of the social responsibility of scientists and artists, and part family drama about three people sundered and brought together by the transforming power of death.

Directed by Nathan Norcross, artist apprentice at Studio Theatre. Featuring Caroline Bootle, Liz Pierotti, Peter Pereyra, and Marley Kabin. Followed by a post-show discussion with Nathan Norcross and playwright Roald Hoffmann.

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