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This show closed on March 12, 2017

About The How and the Why

By the writer of hit TV shows House of Cards, In Treatment, and The Affair, this exhilarating and keenly perceptive play about science, family, and survival of the fittest grapples with the choices faced by women of every generation. Emotion and evolution collide on the eve of a prestigious conference when an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. The air crackles between the eminent professor and the maverick graduate student, whose theories might just change the way we regard sex itself.

Run Time

2hrs (incl. one intermission)

Start Date

End Date


Recommended for ages 17 and up.

Beautifully toned, thoroughly fascinating
The Chicago Tribune
Unapologetically truthful
MD Theatre Guide

Theater J

1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

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