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The How and the Why

March 10, 2016 - March 20, 2016

| $17 – $19

Hennepin Theatre Trust is co-producing with Theatre Unbound to bring The How and the Why, written by esteemed playwright Sarah Treem, to the New Century Theatre, March 10-20, 2016.

Evolution and emotion crash in this thought-provoking and sharp new play about science, family and survival of the fittest. This production is the local debut of a play The New York Times calls “a smart, densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny.”

The How and the Why is an intimate and keenly perceptive play where two female scientists explore the difficult choices women of every generation face. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the biology world. Their question–why do women menstruate, when most mammals do not? While the elder scientist centers her research on the grandmother hypothesis, the younger presents radical new ideas aimed at explaining the minutiae of female biology. Along the way, the characters dig deeper into the why of Mother Nature, revealing drama that reveals the secrets of human anatomy.

To purchase tickets and for more information, call 612.455.9501, visit, or buy in person (no service fees) at the New Century Theatre (615 Hennepin Ave., street level, City Center) in downtown Minneapolis.


March 10, 2016
March 20, 2016
$17 – $19
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New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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