Science Theater Thursdays: Foresight, Episode 1

Programs, Lectures, and Talks
Thursday, June 11, 2020
5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4)
United States

Grab yourself a snack and a drink, and join us for some sci-fi-themed happy hour theater! Enjoy a fun romp through space with this short play that will have you laughing while thinking about the politics of prediction in science.

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Illustration with spaceship on left, astronaut on right

Detail of “Beckman Bits” brochure cover (1964)

Science History Institute

The Foresight is a spaceship like no other. Equipped with temporal phase technology, the Foresight is capable of entering into antitemporality, a place beyond the bounds of time. Once there, it can take a reading of the future, a snapshot of what lies ahead. Few believe in this miracle science, and its very existence poses a threat to a sinister power known as the Ministry. Now Captain Dash Grainger; his first mate, Gibbon; and temporal physicist Irina Avila must navigate a dangerous landscape of intrigue and corruption with the future of the whole world hanging in the balance.

How to Tune In
Visit the Science History Institute Facebook page at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Thursdays to watch the week’s episode! Episodes will remain available on our page after they air.
 

About the Mechanical Theater

Since 2013 the Mechanical Theater has specialized in ghost stories, murder mysteries, and adaptations of dark classics for museums and historic sites throughout Philadelphia. Known for its rare blend of philosophical themes and twisty plots, the Mechanical Theater is for anyone who loves learning, adventure, and a good yarn. Previous projects include Dracula: A Gothic Mystery for the Laurel Hill Cemetery (2017) and War of the Worlds for the Rosenbach (2019).
 

About the Host

Roger Turner is a historian of science, technology, and the environment, and a research fellow at the Science History Institute. He’s particularly fascinated by the unseen environmental surveillance that makes possible modern life, what he calls “infrastructural science.” His research on weather forecasting has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Meteorological Society, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Roger earned his PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.
 

About the Cast

Connor Behm is thrilled to finally go to outer space. He has been performing regularly for 15 years in a wide variety of Earth-based shows, and this will be his first time leaving the planet. It is his 7th performance with the Mechanical Theater Company, and he would like to thank Loretta Vasile for continuing to breathe life into new creative projects. He would particularly like to thank all of you who are watching the company’s work for being willing to embrace a new virtual way of sharing art.

Emily Dale White is a Philadelphian performer. Past Mechanical Theater credits include Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Carla Phillips (War of the Worlds). She was last seen on stage playing Grace in Enchantment Theater Company’s Beast in the Bayou and in Hella Fresh Theater Company’s Let it Snowden ... you know, back when you could see people on stage.

Angie Fennell is an American actor most known for her theatrical endeavors in the Philadelphia area. She has performed at the Arden Theatre, the Media Theatre, Theatre Horizon, and others. Recently she has delved into print and commercial work, advertising for companies from Pep Boys to Aveda Hair Solutions. Fennell has a BA from Temple University. Many thanks to Loretta for including her in Mechanical Theater productions.

James Gushue has appeared in off-Broadway, regional, and stock productions. Credits include American Buffalo, The Boys Next Door, The Interrogation, Uncivil War, Happy Hour (John Wooten), and Trip to Bountiful (Ellen Burstyn). Film and television credits include No Way Home, Law Abiding Citizen, Unbreakable, Guiding Light, All My Children, Law and Order SVU, and numerous commercials. James has been privileged to participate in the live reading and reproduction of the original broadcast of Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and is thrilled to be part of this exciting project.

Loretta Vasile is the creative director of the Mechanical Theater and a freelance playwright. Having fallen in love with Star Wars at the age of 10, she finds writing this space opera a literal dream come true. She would like to thank Alexis and everyone at the Science History Institute for this incredible opportunity. Past writing credits include Dante’s Inferno for the Laurel Hill Cemetery and Murder on the Air for the Bistro Romano Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.

Nicholas Wasileski graduated from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a BA in theater performance. While there he performed in a myriad of shows, including Ibsen’s Ghosts (Pastor Manders) and Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Prospero). He then went on to work as a member of Gamut Theatre Group’s core company (2018–2019) where he performed in such shows as Pericles (Bolt) and All the King’s Men (Willie Stark). He is extremely excited to be working with such a talented group of theater professionals again, having previously been a part of their performance of War of the Worlds.