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NACL opens with “Darwinii”

June 23, 2011

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — NACL Theatre will open its 11th season on Sunday, June 26 at 4 p.m. with “Darwinii: The Comeuppance of Man.” The play is written by Glen Berger (author of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark”) in collaboration with performer/theatre maker Brett Keyser. It features Keyser in the role of Cristóbal, an Argentine man accused of various crimes, including stealing original Charles Darwin manuscripts from rare book libraries around the world. Why? Because he’s convinced he’s the great-great-great-great bastard grandson of the father of Natural Selection. As part of his sentence he must deliver a public apology, during which he digresses into the story of his life. The performance is a fresh take on some of Darwin’s ideas about the struggle for survival, sexual selection, the origin of species and the descent of man.

“Performed in a bravura 75-minute flood of hilarious intrigue… Darwinii is one of the most mesmerizing pieces of theater this town has seen in a decade,” wrote Tony Brown of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Visit or call 845/557-0694.