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R.U.R. by Karel Capek

Wellesley College Theatre Fall 2023 Mainstage Production
Dec 7, 2023–Dec 10, 2023
Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall
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Adapted by Marta Rainer with Paul Michael Valley; Directed by Marta Rainer

Karel Čapek’s celebrated sci-fi script introduced the word “robot” to the world! Over a century later, opportunities and cautionary tales surrounding AI flood our daily lives. Wellesley College Theatre will immerse you in a new adaptation of Čapek’s dynamic narrative - clashing humans against the very machines they created.

Rossum’s Universal Robots turns out millions of manufactured workers with no souls, desires or feelings. When Helena Glory, president of the Humanitarian League, arrives at the secret R.U.R. factory to advocate for improving Robots’ existence, she sets off a passionate debate which impacts the future of humanity. Flash forward one decade: the Earth’s remaining humans fight for survival and relevance against a global revolt of all evolved Robots. Who will win?

Performances will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday, December 7 at 7:00pm
  • Friday, December 8 at 7:00pm
  • Satuday, December 9 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
  • Sunday, December 10 at 2:00pm

R.U.R., is the culmination of a semester of work for students in THST345 (Advanced Practicum: Theatre Production), and features an all-student cast and creative team.

Tickets are available on the Theatre Studies Events page. Free for BOW/MIT students; BOW/MIT staff and faculty: $10. General public: $15.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Vandewalle,