"What I love most about this play is that every character is so much fun; you can't take your eyes off of them! Playwright Nell Benjamin created roles for men who are each uniquely hilarious and display a ton of heart – and Courtney Patterson can go toe to toe with each of them,” says director Jaclyn Hofmann. “On top of all the funny, the explorers are telling a story with real issues of gender inequality that are still prevalent in today’s society.”
Written by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin and under the direction of Aurora’s talented Director of Education, Jaclyn Hofmann,The Explorers Club chronicles the journey of anthropologist Phyllida Spotte-Hume and her discovery of a lost civilization of brightly blue-painted tribesmen. After presenting proof of her findings, turmoil unfolds amidst London’s most gifted minds. As the gentlemen decide if her intellect and skill are worthy of acceptance into the influential club of scientists, philosophers and aristocrats, Phyllida sets out to the beat of her own drum to prove she deserves to be an explorer. With an out of kilter encounter with Queen Victoria, the escape of deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and vines gone wild, London may never be the same.