Galatea

Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award - Citation Winner 2022
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Awards - Winner Original Script
Will Glickman New Play Awards - Honorable Mention 2021

GALATEA is a science-fiction mystery about what it means to be human, which parts of humanity are worth saving, and which human behaviours the universe would be better off without. In 2167, high above...
Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award - Citation Winner 2022
San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Awards - Winner Original Script
Will Glickman New Play Awards - Honorable Mention 2021

GALATEA is a science-fiction mystery about what it means to be human, which parts of humanity are worth saving, and which human behaviours the universe would be better off without. In 2167, high above the Earth on a vast space station, robotics-specialist Dr. Margaret Mailer conducts a series of sessions with the synthetic Seventy-One, the only surviving member of a crew once assigned to the Galatea, a legendary deep-space transport vessel that disappeared over 100 years ago -- with more than a thousand organic passengers aboard. Found floating in a crumbling escape shuttle after decades in cryogenic sleep, Seventy-One now dutifully engages with Dr. Mailer in a series of exercises designed to improve her social skills and human-like characteristics. As she learns what it means to smile, shake hands, make friends, tell jokes and laugh, it becomes clear that Seventy-One is carefully guarding a secret. In series of cliffhanger-ending scenes, Mailer slowly peels away layer after layer of Seventy-One's protective programming, and begins to suspect something that could change the future of humankind, all while seeking the answer to a century-old question: were there any other survivors, and what, exactly, happened on the Galatea?
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Galatea

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  • Deborah Yarchun:
    25 Jul. 2022
    I LOVED Galatea! The twists are genuinely surprising and powerful. I nearly jumped out of my seat with a pivotal reveal in this play. This is a theatrical and moving exploration of what it means to be human that deserves to be produced and seen by more audiences. I’m not at all surprised this play has won so many accolades.
  • Patrick Wylie:
    16 Jan. 2022
    I saw this about 5 months ago in Sonoma County. Intelligent; humane (including the robots); surprising. Raises intriguing questions about the future of humanity. Well worth seeing, even if you have to travel a ways.

Development History

  • Commission
    ,
    Spreckels Performing Arts Center
    ,
    2020

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Spreckels Theatre Company
    ,
    2021
  • Professional
    ,
    Spreckels Performing Arts Center (production originally set for March 20, 2020, canceled on Oct. 13 due to COVID closure of theater)
    ,
    2020

Awards

Finalist
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Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award
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The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust/American Theatre Critics Association
,
2022
Winner
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Citation in 2022 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Awards
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The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust/American Theatre Critics Circle
,
2022
Winner
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Original Script: SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Award
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The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Association
,
2022
Winner
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Overall Production/Bay Area: SFBATCC Excellence in Theatre Award
,
The San Francisco Theatre Critics Association
,
2022
Honorable Mention
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Will Glickman Award
,
Theatre Bay Area/Will Glickman Foundation
,
2021