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Lincoln Center Festival: Improbable Theatre–’Opening Skinner’s Box’ (North American Premiere) at Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

524 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019

“One of the brilliant forces of British theatre.” – The Observer (U.K.)

Why do we love? When would we kill? How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable?

With their trademark mix of wit, insight, and inventive stagecraft, Britain’s Improbable Theatre takes us on a “fascinating, if at times alarming” (Times, U.K.) tour of ten famous 20th-century psychological experiments, starting with B.F. Skinner’s notorious rat boxes. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s acclaimed book, Opening Skinner’s Box is a time-traveling dialogue with the audacious scientists who set out to unlock the secrets of human behavior. Amidst ethically questionable methods, shocking results, and blinding biases, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Everything we thought we knew about ourselves is wrong.

Adapted from the book by Lauren Slater
Directors Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson

Set Design Laura Hopkins
Lighting Design Nigel Edwards
Sound Design Adrienne Quartly

With Alan Cox, Stephen Harper, Tyrone Huggins, Morven Macbeth, Kate Maravan, Paschale Straiton

Cover: Opening Skinner’s Box in Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century, Lincoln Center Festival; photo: Topher McGrillis.


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