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Special Events


For the first time ever, Mad Cow Theatre creates a unique and interactive festival exploring the world of science through a weekend of staged readings and discussion forums of some of the most provocative science plays. Join us as we explore science, technology and history through imaginative stories.  

One of the highlights of The Science Play Festival will be the community discussions that will take place after each reading and will feature notable members of the Central Florida community who are experts in the fields of science, art, and a combination of the two.

Director Denise Gillman (Collected Stories, The Legacy of Light) lends her expertise to delve deeply into these works, which include Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath, An Experiment with an Air Pump by Shelagh Stephenson, Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, a play for youth adapted by Lauren Gunderson from Bill Bryson’s original work of the same name. Denise is an expert in the realm of science plays will be directing Photgraph 51. See below for her complete biography. 

An interactive feature of this festival will include moderated conversations hosted by one of the play reading directors. Panelists will join the moderator providing expertise from their fields of work while engaging the audience and artists in a lively conversation. All discussions will happen post-show and are free to the public.
UPDATE: Mad Science is joining Mad Cow for some hands-on Science fun! Learn about Isaac Newton during A Short History of Nearly Everything on Saturday at 1pm, then come explore some of his ideas at their activity table in Mad Cow's lobby! Try out diffraction glasses that turn all light into rainbows, or experience Newton's laws of motion with our amazing Vortex. Never has Science been this fun! Check out more about Mad Science at or at

Schedules are subject to change. Click here to see the full schedule.