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By Lucas Hnath
Directed By Linsay Firman

Scenic Design By Nick Francone
Lighting Design By Les Dickert

Ensemble Studio Theatre
New York, NY

One experiment young Isaac Newton tried boggles the mind. To understand light and optics better, Newton inserted a long needle “between my eye and the bone, as near to the backside of my eye as I could.” Why take such a risk? Lucas Hnath’s brilliant new play, Isaac’s Eye, reimagines the contentious, plague-ravaged world Newton inhabited as it explores the dreams and longings that drove the rural farm boy to become one of the greatest thinkers in modern science.