It's not often you get to present scenes of a work-in-progress at a beautiful historic theater (Santa Fe's Lensic theater), to a large crowd, and have world-renowned scientist-philosophers weigh in. OK, one of the scientists was my father, Michael Gazzaniga. The other was my collaborator on Caught in the Pulpit, Dan Dennett. So I had a leg up. But still. It was a one-of-a-kind evening and the audience reaction was heartening for the future of the play. Seems people are hungry for discussion about religion, and hearing the real words and struggle of clergy who no longer believe is a suprising and interesting way in to the conversation.
Thanks to David Krakauer and Jessica Flack at the Santa Fe Institute for the invitation to produce this event. And to the Santa Fe actors Elizabeth Wiseman, Hania Stocker, Charles Gamble, Sabina Dunn and Campbell Martin for giving voice to the clergy in the selected scenes.
A video of the event is available to watch here.