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The Explorers Club

Friday, May 31, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Legendary deep-sea explorer Sylvia Earle—one of the first women admitted to the real Explorers Club—takes the stage to share stories of her groundbreaking expeditions, following a Manhattan Theatre Club production of “The Explorers Club,” a madcap comedy by Tony-nominated playwright Nell Benjamin.

In 1879, the prestigious Explorers Club in London faces the worst crisis in their history: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, the female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Join the fun and stay for tales of discovery featuring daring women explorers whose work has expanded our view of the world. The brave and boisterous cast, directed by Marc Bruni, features Brian Avers, Max Baker, Steven Boyer, Arnie Burton, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John McMartin, Lorenzo Pisoni, and Jennifer Westfeldt.

This program is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of its Public Understanding of Science and Technology initiative. Presented in collaboration with the Manhattan Theatre Club.


Lynn SherrBroadcast Journalist, Author

Award-winning broadcaster and author Lynn Sherr spent more than thirty years with ABC News, covering a wide range of stories—from women’s issues and social change to investigative reports, politics and the space program—at 20/20 and World News.

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Sylvia EarleOceanographer, Marine Biologist, Author

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer who has been called a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine.

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Nell BenjaminWriter

Nell Benjamin is the playwright of The Explorers Club. She co-wrote the score to Legally Blonde: The Musical with composer Laurence O’Keefe, for which they received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk nomination.

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