Pandora and Her Top Secret and Exceptionally Important Scientific Mission
By Sarah Bierstock I Directed by Lindsey Higgins
Sponsored by Austin Associates

A Workshop Production

Pandora is Seriously Curious about all things Global Warming. When the kids at school call her Teacher’s Pet one too many times, she decides to try out life at Dad’s house, and enrolls in the gifted and talented school, Smarty Pants Academy. She just has this one, Exceptionally Important Scientific Experiment she must complete before leaving. It involves a large suitcase she lugs around with her. What could be inside there?? And why is she dragging it to the river?


Saturday, July 2, 1:00 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, July 9, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 16, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, August 12, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 1:00 p.m. (Closing Night)
Production Team

Lindsey Higgins

Jim Alexander
Set Designer

Erin Fauble
Lighting Designer

Michelle Handley
Costume Designer

Sophie Harrington
Stage Manager

Lorraine Slone
Fight, Intimacy, Movement Director

Paige Stone
Props Master

Rew Tippin
Sound Designer


Rebecca Ho

Caitlin Ort
Actor 2


From the Director

The myth of Pandora’s Box is considered one of the most descriptive myths of human behavior in Greek mythology. Ancient Greeks used this myth not only to instruct themselves about the weaknesses of humans, but also to explain several misfortunes of the human race.

The heart of Sarah Bierstock’s Pandora is a fast talking, quirky, deeply curious child with a particular interest in global warming and climate change. Tomorrow is her first day at Smarty Pants Academy, a gifted and talented school, but she bears the weight of the world and in the midst of an anxious episode of the “Heebie Jeebies” Pandora is often unable to catch her breath. Her well-worn suitcase is an anchor to keep her grounded, focused, and determined to complete her secret mission. It was essential our production represent the complexity and unpredictability of a young person’s experience. Our conversations as a creative team centered on how to get inside Pandora’s world and look out from behind her eyes. Children are some of the most unique, misunderstood, and infuriating creatures on the planet. One moment they’ll astonish you with words of wisdom beyond their years, and the next, they’ll exasperate you with their stubbornness.  I wanted to create a world directly from Pandora’s perspective alive with adult figures and experiences fantastically larger than life.