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The How and the Why

The academic becomes personal in a mother and daughter's first meeting. Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking and sharp play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.

The Electric Baby By Stefanie Zadravec
By Sarah Treem



Thursday, September 22: 8pm

Friday, September 23: 8pm

Saturday, September 24: 8pm

Sunday, September 25: 2pm


Friday, September 30: 8pm

Saturday, October 1: 8pm

Sunday, October 2: 2pm


Friday, October 7: 8pm

Saturday, October 8: 8pm

Sunday, October 9: 2pm



September 22

Preview performance, all seats $20

September 23

Opening night, post-show reception

September 25

Senior Sunday,

free post-show talkback


October 2

Free post-show talkback

Cast & Creative Team


Jessica O'Hara-Baker*†

Harriett Trangucci*†


Director: Laura Ekstrand

Stage manager: Dani Constance, Scott McGowan*†

Assistant Stage Manager: Shaelyn McGowan

Scenic & Lighting designer: Zach Pizza

Sound designer: Jeff Knapp

Costume designer: Laura Ekstrand

Playwright:  Sarah Treem


* member of the Dreamcatcher ensemble

member of the Actors' Equity

Cast of The Electric Baby

"Sarah Treem's play brims with ideas and emotional colors that eddy and refract like rivulets in a lively, plunging stream." —Washington Post.


"…an exhilarating, intellectual evening out." —Star-Ledger. 


"A moving portrait of a woman meeting with equanimity an unexpected, often painful series of questions about the choices she made in the past." —NY Times. 


"Two absorbing hours with two finely formed, interesting, smart, and captivating women…a very rare achievement indeed for women in and at the theatre." —Feminist Spectator.


September 22 - October 9, 2016

Enjoy a full, fun day out with your friends with a Spa/Theatre package!
When you purchase as a package, receive a discount on both your Sunday matinee ticket to The How and the Why at Dreamcatcher and a spa service at Woodhouse Day Spa.


• Buy a ticket for any 2 pm Sunday matinee of The How and the Why: select 9/25, 10/2, or 10/9 then select "Woodhouse Spa" as your ticket level.


• Call Woodhouse Day Spa to schedule your appointment for your spa service, either on the same day as the show, or any Monday - Thursday. Show your receipt for the Spa/Theatre package.

• Incredible value at $120 for the complete package!


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