By Peter Parnell

Directed by David Esbjornson

Originally produced at Atlantic Theatre Co, New York, NY.

December 5,2007 through December 30, 2007

About the Premiere Production:
It is 1858. Charles Darwin struggles to finish Origin of the Species, and give the world his theory of natural selection, while coping with family illness and his own loss of faith. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, an unknown explorer is about to come up with the exact same theory. Both vibrantly comic and deeply moving, Trumpery examines what it means to live in a Darwinian universe from the point of view of the man who discovered the idea.

Director: David Esbjornson
Set Design: Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Sound Design: Obadiah Eaves
Costume Design: Jane Greenwood
Cast: Emma Darwin - Bianca Amato
Hooker - Michael Countryman
Darwin - Michael Cristofer
Vicar/Protestor- Timothy
Wallace - Deenihan Manoel Felciano
Huxley - Neal Huff
Owen/Williams - Peter Maloney
George Darwin - Jack Tartaglia
Annie/Girl - Paris Rose Yates

Subsequent Productions: 
Boston University Theatre (part of Boston University Darwin Festival) - April 29-May 3, 2009


“Today, although Darwin’s idea is not so frightening to many, the conflict over evolution still plays on, on stage and in school boards and courtrooms around the country. Perhaps conflict is inevitable when people confront new and frightening ideas. But, as Darwin tells his dying daughter Annie, at the end of the play, it is good to challenge conventional wisdom.”

- New York Times