Austin Playhouse presents The Catastrophist
Virologist Nathan Wolfe, named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World for his work tracking viral pandemics, has hunted viruses from the jungles of Cameroon to the basement of the CDC. This plays tells his story as he tracks the threats that come from without and within. It's a blazingly intelligent, wryly witty, and warm look at the thrill of discovery, whether it's a new virus or the treasures of your own family.
Playwright Lauren Gunderson (The Book of Will, Silent Sky, and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley) returns with a time-jumping tale based on the life and work of Wolfe (who also happens to be her husband). This tale is a deep dive into the profundities of scientific exploration and the harrowing realities of facing your own mortality.