Skinner Box

In times of utmost frustration, even the most rational of persons might be tempted to question whether malicious forces are, in fact, bent on thwarting otherwise simple tasks. While such facetious mental diversions tend to pass quickly, the fear of unseen manipulation remains strikingly ingrained in human DNA. Famed behaviorist B.F. Skinner learned firsthand of such paranoia when an outcry arose over an unfounded rumor that he had subjected his own daughter to his operant conditioning chamber, better known as the Skinner box. Designed for rodent test subjects, the box applied positive and negative stimuli to reinforce specific behavior. Intrigued by the enduring urban legend that Skinner had raised his child as a human test subject, local playwright Brant Miller penned Skinner Box, a comedic bit of speculative fiction centered on twin 25-year-old brothers who have unknowingly lived their entire lives in an artificially constructed reality. A founding member of Four Humors Theater, Miller has enlisted the full talent of the exceptionally witty company to guide an absurd exploration into the eccentric excesses of behavioral techniques. Rest assured, however, that no audience members will be experimented on without express consent. This play runs in repertory with the group's recent Fringe Festival spy-spoof hit, You Only Live Forever Once. (Maria Strauss Photography)
Thu., Nov. 17, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 18, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 19, 7 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 20, 7 p.m.; Mon., Nov. 21, 7 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 25, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 26, 2:30 & 9 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 27, 7 p.m., 2011

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