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Caltech Theater presents Mach 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays at Caltech!

The weekend features staged readings of the three winning plays for this year's Festival. With professional actors and directors, actors from the Caltech and JPL community, and fantastic science-driven plays, the Festival promises to be an exciting weekend of ART AND SCIENCE! 

Join us after each show for post-show discussions and receptions with our science mentors, playwrights, directors, and actors. Tickets are free for students, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults. 

All performances are in Frautschi Hall in the Hameetman Center above the Red Door Café on the campus of Caltech. Parking is free during our festival times at the Hollison Parking Structure at 370 S. Holliston Ave, and also in the neighborhood. From the corner of Holliston and San Pasqual (approximately 499 S. Holliston Ave), head west onto campus along the walkway for about 100 yards till you see the red umbrellas of the Red Door Café. Enter the doorway on the side and follow signs to Frautschi Hall upstairs. 

  • Friday March 1, 7pm: AXIOMS by Aubrey Clyburn, followed by an opening night party
  • Saturday March 2, 3pm: FIVE DEGREES ABOVE POLARIS by Karen Howes, followed by a pizza dinner and hang-out with the creative teams
  • Saturday March 2, 7pm: S P A C E by L. Feldman and co-created by Larissa Lury, followed by a closing night reception
  • Location: Frautschi Hall Hameetman Center


Welcome! Theater Arts at Caltech (TACIT) is many things:

  • It's a family of dedicated, creative, passionate individuals.
  • It's a learning environment in both formal and informal ways, from both instructors, their peers, and JPLers.
  • It's a showcase for playwrights, via MACH 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays.
  • It's a window into the lives of Caltech scholars and researchers. Participants in Storytelling for Scientists reveal their research journeys, and their personal journeys, opening windows through which audience members see what makes a human a scientist...and are reminded that scientists are human. Here are some examples.
  • It's drama. It's comedy. It's an escape...for audience members and for the cast and crew.

Join us! Sign up for our email list, sign up to participate, attend our performances.