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Young Nerds of Color

A new play in development by Melinda Lopez
Directed by Dawn M. Simmons

Streaming April 8 - 11, 2021

Young Nerds of Color (working title) is a new play in development at Central Square Theater as part of the Catalyst Collaborative@MIT program. Investigating the field of science from the perspective of the people who are underrepresented – people of color, women, ethnic minorities and people from low income families – through the sharing of personal and surprising stories. From over 60 interviews with scientists (both established and emerging) and students, playwright Melinda Lopez is approaching the project as a musical arranger, weaving together the real words of scientists’ passions, inspirations, challenges, and successes. Ultimately, if scientists need to come together to solve society’s greatest existential problems, we will need a culture welcoming the greatest diversity of voices. Only together, will we truly discover what is possible. This project is funded, in part, by the Department of Theatre at Northeastern University.

Cast & Creative Team

Des Bennett
Des Bennett
Brandon Green photo
Brandon G. Green*
headshot Jade Guerra
Jade Guerra
Evelyn Howe photo
Evelyn Howe*
Melinda Lopez
Melinda Lopez
Jaime Lozano
Jaime Lozano
James Milord Photo
James Ricardo Milord*
Jasmine Rush
Jasmine M. Rush*
Dawn M. Simmons
Dawn M. Simmons
Alejandro Simoes
Alejandro Simoes*

Watch the play and join us for the virtual panels on April 8, 12, and 13 to dive deeper into the themes and to share your thoughts.

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Central Square Theater, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.