Small Infinities, a play by Alan Brody

directed by Wes Savick

April 07, 2016 | 04:30 pm

April 07, 2016 | 04:30 pm

Playwright Alan Brody is a professor of Theater at MIT.  His plays have won numerous awards.  Small Infinities explores the life and paradox of Sir Isaac Newton. Newton is the father of modern science, yet he was also an alchemist and believed he had unearthed textual revelations in the scriptures - a genius with a medieval mind in the beginning of the modern age. The play traces his obsession with finding the unity of God’s design through science, alchemy, the Bible - and the human relationships he destroys in his quest. In the end he believes he has become the assassin of God and a failure. 

All shows are at 7:30pm, except for Friday, April 15 which starts at 8pm.


Production Personnel

Wes Savick, director
sara Brown, scenic designer
Stef Rodemann, technical director
Alexa Torres, administrative assistant
Rachel Yang, producer
Kathleen Doyle, costume designer

Jay Hagenbuckle, sound designer
Jacob Gunter, lighting designer
Jeff Adelberg, lighting advisor
Susan Wilson, stage manager
Jenn Compton, assistant director
Alaisha Alexander, assistant stage manager
Nancy Flessas, costume shop
Allison Schneider, master electrician
Katie Ward, assistant technical director



Lauren Wright: Catherine Barton
Sabrine Ahmed Iqbal: Hannah Smith
Harry Bleyan: Robert Hooke
Ben Spiro: Sir Isaac Newton
Ben Chazen: Edmond Halley
Garrett Schulte: Nicholas Fatio de Duilliers
Galym Saparbaiuly: John Flamsteed


About the Author

Playwright Alan Brody is a professor of Theater at MIT.  He served for several years as the Institute’s Associate Provost for the Arts. His plays have won numerous awards.  

Invention for Fathers and Sons was the first winner of the annual Rosenthal Award at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 1989. It was subsequently produced at the American Jewish Theater in New York City.  

The Company of Angels was the recipient of the 1990 Eisner Award from the Streisand Center for Jewish Culture in Los Angeles. It had its world premiere at the New Repertory Theater in Massachusetts in the spring of 1993 and has been produced at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York, Theater Emory in Atlanta and the Janet Kinghorn Theater at Skidmore College.  

The Housewives of Mannheim had its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Company in 2009 before going on to the 59E59 Theaters in New York and a number of subsequent productions throughout the country. Operation Epsilon had its world premiere at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge in 2013. It was nominated for three Elliot Norton Awards and won an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for Best Play that same year.

Three of Professor Brody’s plays, Five Scenes From LifeGreytop in Love and One-on-One, were developed at the Missouri Repertory Theater. Greytop in Love was produced at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia in March of 1998 starring Kim Hunter in one of her last performances. Medea’s Nurse was presented at the Riverside Stage Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut in September 1998. The dramatic oratorio, Reckoning Time: A Song of Walt Whitman,which he wrote in collaboration with composer and professor Peter Child, had its world premiere at Jordan Hall with the John Oliver Chorale in March of 1995.

Professor Brody is also the author of three novels, Coming To (1973), Hey Lenny, Hey Jack (1975) and I Want to Be There When it Happens.