Cleveland Digs Darwinii

The reviews are in, or out, but unanimous in the pointing of thumbs. Check it:


Darwinii is one of the most mesmerizing pieces of theater this town has seen in a decade….  See it. Be enlightened. Be frightened. And be delightened by a wholly original and profoundly funny journey to the center of your very own DNA.

The Plain Dealer –

The Wittiest

[Keyser] works this blood-red runway with the fierceness of Tyra Banks on meth…. Darwinii is an immediate contender for the title of Most Enjoyable and Engrossing 70 Minutes on Stage in 2011.

Scene Magazine


Darwinii runs through March 19th at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. Showtimes are 7:30pm (and 3:00pm Sunday March 13). *Please note, there is no late seating.

Tickets are $10-$25. Purchase online or call 216-631-2727 x501. Some shows are sold out.

Listen to an interview on WCPN’s Around Noon.

Darwinii 2010

The Comeuppance of Man comes up again July 23rd, 8:00 pm at the NACL Catskill Festival of New Theatre in Highland Lake, New York. Reservations at 845.557.0694 or visit the NACL website. Read more about the performance HERE.

Darwinii October 2009

Following our sold out run at the Fringe, more Darwinii performances are scheduled for October 2009 at the APS Museum:

Friday & Saturday evenings October 16, 17, 23, 24 @ 6:30PM

Sunday matinees October 18 & 25 @ 3PM

Tickets and info are available online at the APS Museum website. Seating is limited, so reserve now. For performance information, see the main Darwinii page. Please be advised: there is no late seating for this performance.


Darwinii—SOLD OUT—Philly Fringe

Join us for the World Premiere performances of Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man at the 2009 Philly Fringe Festival, Fridays & Saturdays, September 4, 5, 11, & 12 SOLD OUT at 6:30 PM at the APS Museum, 104 S. 5th St. (between Chestnut and Walnut), Philadelphia, PA. Limited seating. Seriously. Tickets $10 on sale now at the Live Arts-Fringe website, or at the Fringe Box Office, 215-413-1318. Please plan to arrive early as the show begins promptly and 6:30 PM, and there will be NO LATE SEATING.


Images of Darwin, Rhea darwinii, and T. H. Huxley’s skeletons courtesy APS Museum

Created by Brett Keyser and New York playwright Glen Berger, this solo performance features Keyser in the role of Cristóbal, an Argentine man accused of various crimes, including stealing original Charles Darwin manuscripts from rare book libraries around the world. Why? Because he’s convinced he’s the great-great-great-etc… bastard-grandson of the father of Natural Selection. As part of his sentence he must deliver a public apology, during which he digresses, with flamboyant intensity and bawdy humor, into the story of his life, growing up as an orphan in Tierra del Fuego and inadvertently becoming an expert Darwinologist (not to mention an international criminal), exploiting every opportunity to prove his pedigree. The performance is a tango-tinged dance of life, a fresh take on some of Darwin’s ideas about the struggle for survival, sexual selection, the origin of species, and the descent of man.

Darwinii evolved from an initial workshop of improvisation and interplay between Keyser, Berger, and Canadian fellow traveller Ker Wells. The creative team also includes Tracy Broyles of Spiral Q Puppet Theatre on props and costumes, and Laylage Courie of Brooklyn-based Luminous Work, providing the voice of a renowned fictional Darwin scholar.

Darwinii was commissioned by the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, and supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.