Relativity Series

Science-Themed Plays for Education

Below is a select list of plays from our Relativity Series available to middle and high school teachers through our Setting the Stage for Learning program.

Learn more at our Setting the Stage for Learning page, or enroll now for our 2020 free distribution including Behind the Sheet and to receive a complete list of our available free educational titles.

Generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.

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Behind the Sheet

By: Charly Evon Simpson

An important medical breakthrough has a shameful history. In 1840’s Alabama, a slave-owning doctor performs medical experiments on involuntary subjects – enslaved women – in an effort to solve the problem of fistulas, a post-childbirth anomaly. As the experiments proceed, and he gets close to a solution, the women try to survive and even find dignity in the face of inhuman treatment. 

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Boy

By: Anna Ziegler

Anna Ziegler’s Boy is a powerful statement about sexual identity and the mystery of what makes us who we are. After a baby boy is seriously injured in an accident, a doctor persuades his parents to raise the child as a girl. As the child grows up, the child—known as Samantha and Adam at different times—faces an extraordinary challenge to carve out a place in the world. 

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Lenin's Embalmers

By: Vern Thiessen

After Vladimir Lenin’s death, Stalin orders two Jewish scientists to preserve Lenin’s body for all time. If they succeed, the rewards will be considerable. If not, it’s the gulag – or worse. Based on real events, Vern Theissen’s nimble dark comedy exposes the absurdities of Soviet life under Stalin. 

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Please Continue

By: Frank Basloe

Based on the true story of renowned social psychologist Stanley Milgram, Please Continue recounts the infamous obedience experiments at Yale in the 1960s. In that study, participants were asked to administer strong electric shocks to a subject who gave the wrong answer to a question, not knowing that the shocks were fake, and they were the real subject of the study. The play examines how the experiments gave insight into the nature of authoritarianism and individual morality.

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Spill

By: Leigh Fondakowski

In April of 2010, British Petroleum gave orders to speed up production on its colossal drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon. Despite the objections of many on the rig, safety measures were ignored or overlooked. On April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Eleven men paid the ultimate price and countless thousands who call the Gulf Coast home found their lives irrevocably altered.

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The Family Collection

5 great plays now available as MP3 digital files or CDs

Family time is more important than ever. That's why we've hand picked some of our best work that'll keep everyone entertained at home.