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

a new play by Roald Hoffmann
Exploring ethics in the intersecting worlds of science and art

Should’ve.” How many times have we all harbored regrets about choices made in the various compartments of our lives? Should’ve, a play by Roald Hoffmann, takes those regrets to the stage, inviting audiences to ponder the ethics of decisions made in both science and art through the dramatic effect these have on three people’s lives.

Cornell University’s Dr. Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in chemistry and accomplished poet and playwright, has entrusted Should Have Theatre, an Edmonton-based team, with bringing his new play to life on stages in Canada, the United States, Italy – and beyond. After premiering for a global scientific audience of 2000 in Torino this August 2007, the play will run in Edmonton this September at Word! A Symposium of Talk, Poetry, and Performance, as a Cultural Capital of Canada showcase event. It will also be performed in Vancouver at Celebrate Research Week at The University of British Columbia, and will mark the re-opening of UBC Chemistry's heritage building. Should Have Theatre welcomes invitations for other performances.

The collaboration has roots in an inspired experiment that saw Dr. Hoffmann visit Edmonton in March 2006 to headline events that bridged science and art, academia and industry. The visit culminated in a reading of Should’ve by professional actors Maralyn Ryan, Michele Brown, and Robert Clinton. Brainchild of the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Distinguished Lectureship Series Committee, the reading was championed by the Alberta Playwrights Network and supported by Canada Council, among others.

Particularly pleased by this collaboration, Dr. Hoffmann asked the team to mount a full production at the invitation of the 44th World Congress of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in August 2007. the conversation thus launched in Italy has dispersed with 2000 returning chemists to almost every country on the globe, adding to the intrigue already building about this dramatic bridging of art, science and ethics.

Should Have Theatre is an independent professional theater company formed with the consent of Canadian Actors' Equity and hosted by The King's University College of Edmonton Alberta.

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