The Royal Society of Antarctica

by Mat Smart • Directed by Liesl Tommy

Dee is the only person ever born at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Shortly after giving birth, Dee’s mother mysteriously disappeared. Now, 24 years later, Dee returns to the otherworldly brightness at the bottom of the earth to work as a janitor — scrubbing toilets 60 hours a week and discovering something about what it means to disappear.

Mat Smart’s The Hopper Collection appeared at the Huntington in 2006. His plays include The Royal Society of Antarctica (currently having an extended run at The Gift Theatre in Chicago), Naperville (Slant Theatre Project), Samuel J. and K. (Williamstown Theatre Festival and Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Tinker to Evers to Chance (Geva Theatre Center and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in February 2016), The Hopper Collection (Magic Theatre) and The 13th of Paris (City Theatre and Seattle Public Theater). An avid baseball fan and traveler, Mr. Smart has been to all 30 of the current MLB stadiums, all 50 states, and 6 continents — including a stint working as a janitor at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. He is the recipient of the 2014 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Center for the Arts.

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