SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Theatre To Present “By the Numbers”

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 9, 2017) — The theatre and math departments at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) have commissioned a series of short plays, known as “By the Numbers,” to be performed Feb. 17-26 in conjunction with the annual joint meetings of the Florida Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Florida Two Year College Mathematics Association (FTYCMA) Feb. 17-18 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

Four award-winning professional theatre artists based in New York City, none of whom is mathematically gifted – meaning they struggle to balance their checkbooks – are inspired by the names of famous theorems. Exploring the intersection between science and art by reading about math and talking to mathematicians, the playwrights have created a cycle of dark, funny and heartfelt universes for SCF theatre students to decipher and perform.

The four playwrights are:

  • Lynne Halliday, a writer and actor, who starred in “Reinventing Mary Martin” at the York Theatre, where she also appeared as Gretchen Cryer’s daughter in “I’m Still Getting My Act Together.” Most recently her short plays “Reverend” and “Second Chance” were presented as part of The Gorges Motel for the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival and will be published by Dramatists Play Service.
  • James Hindman, an actor and playwright, who has written “Pete ‘n’ Keely” (Outer Critics nomination, two Drama Desk nominations), “The Audience” (Transport Group, Drama Desk nomination) and “The Drama Department” (Terrance McNally Award finalist).  He has performed in Ed Burns’ “Public Morals” produced by Steven Spielberg, “The Family,” “The Following,” “Hostages,” “House Of Cards,” and the upcoming Marvel Television “Kick.”
  • Arlene Hutton, who started her theatre career at Bayshore Elementary School and has had a long friendship with SCF as the daughter of professors Arlie and Mary Elizabeth Lincks. After attending Rollins College and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Hutton moved to New York. An alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Hutton is best known for her play “Last Train to Nibroc,” the first FringeNYC production to move off Broadway (Drama League Best Play nomination). A three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival and eight-time finalist for the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville 10-Minute Play Contest, she is the recipient of an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Commission and a 2016 New York Film Academy Fellowship.
  • Craig Pospisil, an award-winning playwright and filmmaker, authored the plays “Months on End,” “Life is Short,” “The Dunes” and “Somewhere in Between.”  His plays have been produced in two dozen countries on six continents.  His short film “January” is on the festival circuit and was an official selection at six international film festivals.  He has written more than 60 short plays, including “It’s Not You,” (theAtrainplays, Vol. 1); “On the Edge,” (Best Ten-Minute Plays: 2005); “There’s No Here Here,” (Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012); and “Dissonance” (Best American Short Plays 2010-2011). 

“By the Numbers” will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 at SCF’s Howard Studio Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and seniors and $6 for students and SCF staff. For more information, contact or call 941-752-5252. 

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