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(curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, The - Full Length Play, Drama

(curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, The

Madeleine George

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Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573703010

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Full Length Play



More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 19th Century

Settings Of Play - A wood-paneled sitting room with a desk, chair, coffee table, credenza, and fireplace, never lit.


Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Pulitzer, From Off-Broadway

FINALIST! Pulitzer Prize for Drama - 2014

Please Note: The ePlay currently for sale cannot be used for productions. Please purchase the Acting Edition for performance. 

Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love.

These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people—and machines—upon which we all depend.

"Marvelous and filled with marvels. In the Stoppardian world of The Watson Intelligence, Madeleine George’s human, dramatic play takes surprising turns." - New York Magazine  

"Thoughtful and ambitious" - Entertainment Weekly

"[Madeleine George] juggles several deep themes with grace, wit and intellectual verve" - Time Out New York

A time-tripping fantasy finds tender humor in geniuses and their helpers." - Time Out New York 
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence premiered in New York City at Playwrights Horizons in December of 2013, under the direction of Leigh Silverman. 


2m, 1f

WATSON - 20s to 60s
ELIZA - 30s 
  • George on The (...) Watson Intelligence pt. 2

  • The (...) Watson Intelligence - Playwrights Horizons

  • Teaser Trailer

Madeleine George

Madeleine George

Madeleine George's plays The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist), have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Shotgun Players in Berkeley, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Theater Wit in ... view full profile

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Kenneth Laboy Vazquez 06/12/2015 19:53
An ambitious play by Madeleine George which focuses on three people Eliza, Merrick and Watson in three very different circumstances.

The play uses time and character to parallel the three strands that comprise her plot: the present, 19th century America and the fictional England of Sherlock Holmes. As the plot progresses we see these three individuals struggle with the idea of meaningful interpersonal connections. A theme explored next to that of technology and its effect on human relationships.

The trap in this play lies within character. Since reading, for example, Eliza’s British character as a separate individual from her contemporary equivalent makes both seem undeveloped. Seeing them as the same individual unites these three thematic strands of plot, leaving space for character growth.
Doug Schutte 22/09/2015 19:08
Along with Hunter's "A Bright New Boise" and Gionfriddo's "Rapture Blister Burn," George's "Watson Intelligence" is one of the finest works of the last 5 years.  The depth, the rhythm, the fun...it's a beautiful play.  

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