A leading playwright and a pioneering virologist marry science and art on stage

Jeffrey Brown:

Wolfe, now 50, is a virologist known for his work tracing how viruses jump from animals to humans. He worked in Africa for many years and was on “TIME” magazine’s 2011 list of 100 most influential people.

That same year, he was featured on the “NewsHour” after his book “The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age” predicted the kind of event we’re living through now; 39-year-old Lauren Gunderson is prolific and successful. According to the trade magazine “American Theater,” she’s the most produced playwright in the country, with many works that explore science and scientists of the past.

She wrote “The Catastrophist” during the pandemic, commissioned by Marin Theatre in California, directed by its artistic director, Jasson Minadakis, and co-produced with Round House Theatre in Maryland.


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