The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

by  Madeleine George

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

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The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

by  Madeleine George

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The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Pulitzer, From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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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.

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Accolades

  • FINALIST! Pulitzer Prize for Drama - 2014

Reviews

"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 

Videos

  • George on The (...) Watson Intelligence pt. 2
  • The (...) Watson Intelligence - Playwrights Horizons
  • Teaser Trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A wood-paneled sitting room with a desk, chair, coffee table, credenza, and fireplace, never lit.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 1f
WATSON - 20s to 60s
MERRICK - 50s
ELIZA - 30s 
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Authors

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, Clubbe ...

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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. 

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