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

The Script

As Should’ve opens, Friedrich Wertheim, a German-born chemist, has taken his own life, blaming himself for putting the recipe for a neurotoxin into the hands of terrorists. The circumstances surrounding Friedrich’s death rock the lives of three people connected to him: his estranged second wife Julia; his daughter Katie, a molecular biologist whose ideas about scientists’ social responsibility differ markedly from those of her father; Katie’s lover Stefan, a multimedia artist.

In 27 fast-moving scenes, the suicide fractures these three lives. The motives for Friedrich’s action aren’t as simple as they seem; that fact becomes clear as a remarkable set of circumstances emerges about his parents’ survival in Nazi Germany. It’s also clear that the ethical conflict between Katie and her father runs very, very deep. Questions arise about the responsibility of artists in society as we realize that Stefan’s closet holds more than one skeleton.

A play about the social responsibility of scientists and artists on one level, Should’ve is also about three people trying to resist the transforming power of death. They are unable to do so, sundered as they are by memories and by a past let loose by death. Eventually, the consequences shape a different bond among the three.

Should've performance running time is 75 minutes.
The full text of Should’ve is available at www.RoaldHoffmann.com