A new play from Villanova Theatre's "Staged Reading" series!


A Staged Reading

April 27 & 28, 2019 

By Kathryn Petersen

Directed by Edward Sobel


Kathryn Petersen’s Chrysalis explores the metamorphosis of Maria Sybilla Merian, 17th century illustrator and naturalist, and her teenage daughter, Dorothea as they redraw the lines of their personal and professional relationship. Determined to be taken seriously for her scientific discoveries in a male-dominated field, Maria embarks on a risky investigation that ultimately challenges how well she and her daughter know themselves and each other.

Production Staff

Director: Edward Sobel

Dramaturg: Annalise Settefrati

Stage Manager: Ethan Mitchell


Maria Sibylla Merian: Effie Kammer

Dorothea Graff Merian: Angela Longo

Johanna Merian Herolt: Alexandra Mitchell

Mrs. Koukebraken: Shawneen Rowe

Pyotr Mikaelov: Jay V.

Matthias Brandt: Alex Kallis

Mister Brandt: Gabriel Henninger

Dr. Frederik Ruysch: Kevin Esmond

Stage Direction Reader: Nickolette Jones