When the Future Comes to Family

By: Amanda Narcisi


What if you were able to spend every day with a family member you lost? What if you could lunch with them and talk about your day again? That is the idea behind Jordan Harrison’s play, Marjorie Prime.

Marjorie Prime

The play opens, Marjorie, played by Jill Tanner, is still sassy at her age of 85. Walter, her beloved husband, passed ten years earlier, but she had him made into Walter Prime, a younger version of himself. Her daughter, Tess (Daina Michelle Griffith), and son-in-law Jon (Nathan Hinton) shared life stories for the Prime to be life-like. In the end, Tess is skeptical of this new technology, and the effect it has on her mother, some things about their lives together are uncomfortable.

Marjorie Prime is written by Jordan Harrison and directed by Marya Sea Kaminski, who is rounding out the first season as Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Artistic Director.

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On Sunday, June 2, there will be an individual performance with a talk after discussing robots becoming companions. “When Robots Become Our Companions: Facts, Fantasies, and Uncomfortable Truths.” With Marya Sea Kaminski, Illah Nourbakhsh, and Henny Admoni. Illah Nourbakhsh is the K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies and Henny Admoni is an assistant professor in CMU’s Robotics Institute where she leads the Human and Robot Partners (HARP) Lab.

Marjorie Prime will be onstage from May 30 – June 30, 2019, with various times and dates. Ticket prices start at $30. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger: $16.50. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 412.316.1600, visit ppt.org, or the O’Reilly Theater Box Office. Public partners for Marjorie Prime include Choitek, Ascender, and Thrival.

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