Genre: Drama, Festival
A New Play by Mac Rogers as part of the STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE FESTIVAL

A love story, political allegory, and redemptive tragedy, UNIVERSAL ROBOTS freely adapts Czech playwright Karel Capek's seminal 1921 play R.U.R., which introduced the word "robot" to the world. UNIVERSAL ROBOTS departs significantly from Capek's script, offering a riveting story of war, love, faith, technology and the power of art to change the world, for both good and ill.

After the Great War ends, Czechoslovakia has a thriving artistic community that includes celebrated playwright Karel Capek. But history changes when a young woman walks into Karel's life with a strange mannequin in a wheelchair… a mannequin that gets up and moves all by itself!

UNIVERSAL ROBOTS tells the compelling, alternate history of the Twentieth Century, beginning with the invention of the robot through the destruction of Nazi Germany at the hands of the robot army, and concluding with the horrifying robot rebellion against the human race.

About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Source

Manhattantheatresource is a not-for-profit art service organization celebrating its fifth anniversary. Its 55-seat theatre, book store and cabaret, run by full-time volunteers, have afforded more than 2,400 artists opportunities to work in over 475 productions. The Source also provides workshops, marketing and design support, voiceover and video editing services and career consulting to local artists.

Cast: Esther Barlow, Jason Howard, David Ian Lee, Ridley Parson, Nancy Sirianni, Tarantino Smith, Ben Sulzbach, Jennifer Gordon Thomas, James Wetzel
Open:   07/09/07
Close:   07/19/07

Monday through Thursday at 8 pm
Theater:   Manhattan Theater Source
Address:   177 MacDougal St
New York, NY 10011
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Closest subway: A,C,E to West 4th. Exit north end of station, walk north on 7th Avenue to 8th Street., right one block to MacDougal Street, right to theatre

Cost:$18 or Call: at (212) 501-4751
Company: Manhattan Theatre Source         Official Web Site: www.theatresource.org