By Caryl Churchill. How might a man feel to realize that he is only one in a number of identical copies? Bernard has just discovered that he's not the only Bernard, and so begins a series of questions that will take him and his father on a compelling psychological journey. Set in the near future and written during a time of public debate over the ethics of cloning, "A Number" is in part an attack on patriarchy and an exploration of the way that people develop regardless of their genes.
This 2002 two-hander, by the always-intriguing British playwright Caryl Churchill, explores the science of cloning. A father (Paul Vincent O'Connor) has three adult sons (played by Joseph O'Malley); two of them are clones of the first. The relationship dynamics that ensue when Son # 1 realizes he's one of a trio call up the old nature-versus-nurture conundrum. Barbara Damashek directs for Aurora Theatre Company.