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Holly Arsenault (BA 2001) participates in project pairing theatre and science

Submitted by Katrina M Ernst on September 24, 2015 - 10:33am
Holly Arsenault, playwright and Drama alumna
Holly Arsenault, playwright and Drama alumna

Holly Arsenault (BA 2001) is one of four playwrights, each paired with a scientist, addressing the question: What does it mean to be human in light of scientific advancements? The project is an upcoming festival of one-acts called Thoughts Experiments, organized by Infinity Box Theatre Project. Holly was paired with Andrew M. Scharenberg, an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and professor in the UW School of Medicine.

“I think Andy’s work is completely fascinating,” says Arsenault. “It’s a little bit intimidating to write a piece of fiction about someone else’s body of work, especially when that work is so significant. I hope he doesn’t mind that I am conjuring kind of a dark potential future, but I think the moral questions are so interesting, and I think they are what will get people asking questions and wanting to know more about what is happening in gene editing now.”

Read the full article in the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives newsletter.

Learn more about the Thoughts Experiments Festival here.