Jennifer Westfeldt takes the starring role as Phyllida Spotte-Hume in Nell Benjamin’s new madcap comedy, The Explorers Club, at Manhattan Theater Club. Based on The Royal Society, a fellowship of renowned scientists from around the world, the play follows Phyllida as she tries to become the first female member of this elite club. Here’s how it’s described:
London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this 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?
Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship.
Read what Jennifer and playwright Nell Benjamin have to say about The Explorers Club in this New York Times article.