The How and The Why


Emotion and evolution collide in Sarah Treem’s thought-provoking play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, 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. This exhilarating and keenly perceptive play, by the writer of hit TV shows In Treatment and The Affair, grapples with difficult choices faced by women of every generation. 

Presented by Theater J

Show Type
Running Time
180 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$27 - $67

Discount Tickets Available military, senior, 35 and under

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Box Office Phone: 202-777-3210

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 02/15/2017 - 03/12/2017
Sunday 07:30pm02:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday 07:30pm--
Thursday 07:30pm--
Friday ---
Saturday 08:00pm--
Important Dates

Extra Performances

  • 03/01/2017 - 12:00pm

Open Caption

  • 03/05/2017 - 7:30pm
Performer Role
Valerie Leonard Zelda
Katie Dubuys Rachel
Production Personnel
Sarah Treem
Shirley Sertosky
Costume Designer
Danielle Preston
Set Designer
Paige Hathaway
Sound Designer
Justin Schmitz
Lighting Designer
Martha Mountain


Theater J
1529 16th Street NW, Washington , DC 20036
About the Venue:
Theater J is located inside the Washington DCJCC at 16th and Q St NW

Getting There

  • Dupont Circle (Red Line)
  • 3 blocks from Dupont; at 16th and Q St NW


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages
  • Paid lot


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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