February 16th - February 26th, 2023
Wildcard Wednesday (VU Community Only): Feb. 15th
Opening Night: Feb. 16 | Speaker's Series: Feb. 19
DATE CHANGE | Drinks with the Dramaturg: Saturday, Feb. 18th
All performances at 8pm except Sunday 2pm
RUN TIME: approximately 2 and 1/2 hours with one 15 minute intermission
Written by Kathryn Petersen
Directed by Edward Sobel
Developed at Villanova in 2019 through the Sue Winge Award for Playwriting, 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.
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