Uncanny Valley

Evenings at 7:30 PM: April 7, 8, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29; May 4, 5, 6
Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM: April 30; May 7
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Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence and robotics, Uncanny Valley charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a nonbiological human. As Julian is “born” a few body parts at a time over the course of the play, Claire teaches him how to be as human as possible: mirroring people’s speech, engaging in small-talk, playing a musical instrument. Their deepening friendship and Julian’s growing “humanity” lead to the revelations of an unhealed sorrow in Claire’s personal life and, ultimately, the purpose for which Julian has been created. 

Featuring original music by David M. Glasgow.

“…cerebrally challenging…Gibbons creates a fascinating scenario. The questions the play raises—can, for instance, a robot’s consciousness attain a level of sophistication that qualifies as sentience?—compel one to consider whether like the Tin Man, a manufactured being might actually someday possess a heart… Uncanny Valley [is] a techno take on the Pinocchio story…”  — New York Times

Recommended for ages 10 and up for complicated themes.  All guests require a ticket, regardless of age.  No children under 6 admitted.

For assistance, call the box office at 717-232-6736.

Private performances are available. Call the box office for more information on group sales and private performances.