Meet your Lizardbrain

A new play explores the inner workings of the mind through the life of an autistic academic

Alison McCook
Jan 7, 2010
In a new play by Philadelphia theater company linkurl:Pig Iron,; the central character is a PhD botanist, but the play is not about botany, nor academia. He also has many of the traits associated with autism -- trouble connecting with and understanding people and many obsessive traits. But the play is not about autism, either -- at least, not directly.
James Sugg in __Chekhov Lizardbrain__

Image: Pig Iron Theatre Company
Ultimately, the play, __Chekhov Lizardbrain__, is about the brain, and its power to manipulate the past, present, and future. And it's about how everyone's brain also manipulates reality, to a greater or lesser extent.In __Chekhov Lizardbrain__ the audience sees how the world looks from main character Dmitri's troubled mind. We see how brains choked by pathology filter upsetting moments, making them innocuous or even pleasant. In his mind, brothers who teased him as a child and forgot him as an...
James Sugg in __Chekhov Lizardbrain__
Image: Pig Iron Theatre Company

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