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.
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