CoHo Season 22
September 8 – September 30, 2017
The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence
by Madeline George
Directed by Philip Cuomo
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence is an emotionally-intelligent drama that follows a time-travelling love triangle between the head, the heart and the machine.
“Mr. Watson, come here – I want you!”
From the Victorian age to the 21st century, ‘Watson’ is the perfect partner. Mr. Watson was on the other end of the wire when Alexander Graham Bell sent the first communication by telephone. Dr. Watson accompanied each step and anticipated every need of fiction’s greatest detective. Watson’s the name of IBM’s natural language-processing supercomputer, winner of the famous Jeopardy! match in 2011. And Josh Watson is the IT guy with a friendly fix for crashed technology and broken hearts, uncommonly trustworthy and aiming to please. All the Watsons want to give you what you need, but do you want what you need in a partner?
“MARVELOUS AND FILLED WITH MARVELS. In the Stoppardian world of The Watson Intelligence, Madeleine George’s human, dramatic play takes surprising turns.” – New York Magazine
“juggles deep themes with grace, wit and intellectual verve” – Time Out New York
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Madeleine George’s plays, including Hurricane Diane, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, Precious Little, and The Zero Hour, have been produced at theaters around the country. She was a founding member of the Obie-winning playwrights’ collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.), and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
Madeleine is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, and two MacDowell Fellowships, and she holds commissions from the Sloan Foundation/Manhattan Theatre Club, the Big Ten Theatre Consortium, and the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis. She is currently the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.