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death, mysteries, new bonds . . .
a play about ethics in science and art



Dr. Roald Hoffmann

A Holocaust survivor, Roald Hoffmann understands all too well the toll taken by the period whose shadow looms over Should’ve; he lost three grandparents and his father in concentration camps and pogroms, and only 200 of the 12,000 Jews in his home town of Zloczow, Poland survived the war.

After several years of post-war wanderings in Europe, Hoffmann immigrated with his family to the United States in 1949, at age 11. He studied chemistry at Columbia and Harvard universities, earning a PhD in 1962, and joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1965. His many honours include the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, shared with Kenichi Fukui. He now serves as the university’s Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, where his work involves applied theoretical chemistry. He excels not only at constructing frameworks for understanding based on experiment-stimulated computations, but also at communicating those and other scientific ideas to widespread audiences. Among his many projects is a 26-segment television course in introductory chemistry that has shown widely on PBS and abroad since 1990. He also hosts “Entertaining Science,” a monthly cabaret at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village that has become the hot cheap ticket in NYC.

A lover of the hidden, associative ways of English, the sixth language he learned, Hoffmann the writer carves out a land between science, poetry and philosophy. Besides more than 500 scientific publications and many essays, his work includes three books: Chemistry Imagined with artist Vivian Torrence;  The Same and Not the Same, which has been translated into six languages; and Old Wine, New Flasks: Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition, with Shira Leibowitz Schmidt. An accomplished poet, he has appeared in various literary magazines and published several collections since 1987. He also co-wrote the play Oxygen with fellow chemist Carl Djerassi; translated into 10 languages, it has been performed around the world.

Chemist, poet, philosopher, playwright, Dr. Hoffmann testifies to the value of bridging science and art within an ethical framework.

For more detail, see www.roaldhoffmann.com

Production Team
Working closely with the playwright


Paul Morgan Donald, composer and sound designer

Paul is an actor, musician, and Sterling Award-winning composer and director.  His many projects with The River City Shakespeare Festival include the 2007 season’s The Winter’s Tale and Two Gentlemen of Verona.  Highlights for other theatres include Kingfisher Days for Covenant Theatre, Memory of Water and Beginning of August for Shadow Theatre, Songs for Sinners at Catalyst Theatre.  His musical theatre works include The Adventures of Wanda and Jack (co-created with Michele Brown), Songs of  Dark Lady, Kink: the musical, Reefer Madness: the musical, and Marg Skaluba/Pissy’s Wife.  He’s a member of the fictional punk band The DeadRats, and Musical Director for Edmonton’s long-running improvised soap opera, Die-Nasty.



Stephen Heatley, director

Director, actor, dramaturge, playwright and educator, Stephen Heatley is known in Edmonton for his work as Artistic Director of Theatre Network from 1981 to 1992 and as Director of the Theatre School and Associate Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre from 1994 to 1999. He is now on faculty with the theatre program at the University of British Columbia. Heatley attended Brock University and the Canadian Mime School, and was awarded a graduate degree in directing from the University of Alberta. At Edmonton’s Theatre Network he produced 50 new plays, directing 30 of them. Titles include The Third Ascent by Frank Moher, for which he won a Sterling Award for Direction in 1988. Active since 2000 in the Saskatchewan Playwrights' Centre, he has directed for Bastion Theatre, Richmond Gateway, Alberta Theatre Projects, Chinook Theatre, Stage Polaris, Free Will Players, Twenty-Fifth Street Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and the Blyth Festival. He co-wrote the Christmas musical The Other Side of the Pole with Marney Heatley and Edward Connell.



Daniel vanHeyst, designer and production manager

Associate professor of drama and visual art at The King’s University College, Daniel vanHeyst’s  professional design portfolio includes well over 100 productions, many of them first performances of new plays. A graduate of the University of Alberta Department of Drama Design, he earned a BFA in 1981 and a Canada Council-supported MFA in 1993. During a 10-year relationship with Theatre Network, he designed more than 40 new works, often in collaboration with Stephen Heatley.   He designed all 13 seasons of The Canadian Badlands Passion Play in Drumheller. Other companies that have tapped his expertise include Northern Light Theatre, Stage Polaris, The Citadel Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Rosebud School of the Arts, Chemainus Theatre, Keyano Theatre, Bastion Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, and Manitoba Theatre Centre. He has also taught at MacEwan, the University of Alberta and Artstrek (Theatre Alberta’s summer drama program for teens). VanHeyst has made design and production management of Should’ve a major component of his approved sabbatical in 2007-2008.



Dr. Peter Mahaffy, liaison to the world of chemistry

Professor of chemistry at The King’s University College, Peter Mahaffy is the team’s liaison with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) at whose Torino conference Should’ve  will debut. He is also co-organizing the IUPAC Conference’s chemistry education sessions, including a symposium on ethics that will follow the play. As one of the chemists chiefly responsible for Dr. Roald Hoffmann’s first visit to Edmonton, Mahaffy is also a key link to the playwright, who plans to attend the Italian launch. Since earning a PhD in organic chemistry from Indiana University in 1979, Mahaffy has become a leading advocate of understandable and engaging science communication that addresses world needs. Recipient of the Chemical Institute of Canada’s award for Chemistry Education and a Fellow of the CIC, he chairs the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry Education and serves on the International Council for Science Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science. Mahaffy is a frequent speaker and advisor at international conferences, and serves on the advisory board of several international journals. Active in research in chemistry and chemistry education, he also co-directs the King’s CRYSTAL Centre for Visualization in Science and is co-authoring a new introductory university chemistry textbook.



Michele Brown, actor & music director 

Since graduating from the BFA program at the U of A in 1981, Michele Brown has performed as an actor and musician on numerous stages across Canada. Most recently she performed at Washington DC's inaugural Fringe Festival. She is a member of the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed cast of The Black Rider, which toured Western Canada in 2004-2005 and appeared at the 2006 Magnetic Theatre Festival in St. John's Nfld. Nominated for three consecutive Sterling awards for performances at the Edmonton Fringe festival, she took home a Sterling for her work in The Old Curiosity Shop. Brown has assisted in developing several new works and often collaborates with Paul Morgan Donald on original music and text.



Robert Clinton, actor, dramaturge

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, a graduate of the National Theatre School Of Canada, Robert is an actor, playwright, musician, teacher, songwriter and performer. He is six-time winner of First Prize in the Alberta Playwrighting Competition and the 2004 Edmonton and District Labour Council’s Artist in Residence. His recent plays All the World and Adventures In the Rouge Trade were produced at Kaleidoscope Theatre in Victoria. Robert has lately worked training Canadian Forces personnel for service in Afghanistan.  As dramaturge, Robert Clinton will assist the playwright in refining the script and preparing it for production.


Holly Turner, “Julia”

A graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Holly’s theatrical credits include Broadway, and theatres in Buffalo, Houston, Phoenix, and Victoria. In Edmonton she has appeared at the Citadel, Theatre Three and Studio Theatre. She is returning to the stage after a career in law and was seen most recently last fall as Hannah in The Busy World is Hushed at Northern Light Theatre.


Maralyn Ryan, actor

This Chicago-born actor has performed for over 30 years on stages across Canada, including the Shaw Festival in Ontario to the Belfry Theatre in British Columbia.  Her created roles in Edmonton have earned three Sterling Awards for outstanding performance and ten nominations. She has performed with every theatre company in Edmonton as well as Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects. An accomplished teacher, writer and director, she has collaborated with the Phoenix, Northern Light, and Citadel Theatres  and with Keyano and Grant McEwan Colleges. Maralyn founded the acclaimed St. Albert Children's Theatre. Most recently, she has workshopped a new play, The Frequency of Water, at the Banff Center of Arts through her own company, Kaybridge Productions. 



Shannon Macelli, stage manager

A graduate of the University of Alberta’s stage management program in 2004, Shannon Macelli is looking forward to working on her first touring production. Since completing her BFA, she has worked on the stage management teams of the Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Citadel Theatre and Northern Light Theatre. Additionally, she served as stage manager for the past 4 seasons of The Canadian Badlands Passion Play in her hometown of Drumheller, Alberta - an annual summer production in which she has been involved since childhood.



Reuben Mahaffy, videographer and projection designer

Bridging science and art, Reuben Mahaffy brings an important cross-disciplinary perspective to the team. Graduating from The King’s University College this May with a BSc in chemistry, Mahaffy is active in The King’s Players drama troupe and recently conducted independent research into the application of GEO-Wall stereo-optical video projection technology to dramatic video presentations. The resulting film can be seen in 3D by wearing stereo glasses. Recipient of an undergraduate student research award in chemistry and an experienced actor, Mahaffy will draw from his knowledge of chemistry, drama and video projection to produce scientific and artistic images for Should’ve.

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