Event Tickets


Written by Shelagh Stephenson

Directed by John Warren
Technical Direction by Erin Gibb

Free Preview: Tuesday, February 25 - 4:30 pm

Wednesday, February 26 - 4:30 pm
Thursday, February 27 - 7 pm
Friday, February 28 - 7 pm
Saturday, February 29 - 7 pm



Page Campus Gumption Theater
$10 adults / $6 students

1999: The turn of the century. Ellen, a geneticist working at the cutting-edge of scientific technology, grapples with the ethics of taking a high-paying job doing research on embryos, when her husband discovers a box of bones under the floorboards of their house.

1799: The turn of a different century. The house that will one day belong to Ellen is at the heart of the century’s most pressing philosophical debates. This is the house of Fenwick — a family of scientists, poets, and drunkards, whose feuding is reaching a fever pitch in the leadup to the new year. Before long, one of them will be dead, their bones buried under the house until they’re uncovered two hundred years later…

As the past and present collide, An Experiment with an Air Pump asks how much harm is acceptable in the name of scientific progress? The science may have changed, but human nature remains the same.

Please be advised that this show contains mature content, including attempted suicide and murder, as well as discussions of embryonic research and medical ethics. Not recommended for children under 13.


A NOTE ABOUT TICKETS Due to our intimate Gumption Theater venue, tickets are released to cast and crew family members several days prior to the general public. 

GUMPTION ONLINE WAITLIST / AT DOOR POLICY In the event that we reach the maximum number of advance reservations and/or ticket sales, a waitlist will be available on the Eventbrite online ticketing service. While we also take waitlist entries at the door, online signups receive first priority for available seats. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before showtime and check in with the box office. Any empty seats or unused reservations will be given in order of signup to those on the priority waitlist who are in attendance. Please bring cash for waitlist ticket purchase. Only after seating all priority waitlist members will we consider at door signups.

NOTE TO PURCHASER This is a paperless event without tickets; your name will be on a list at the box office. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the show. In the event that all advanced online tickets have been reserved, any open seats available 10 minutes prior to showtime may be released to persons on the waiting list if ticket purchasers have not checked in. There are no refunds available, but please let us know if you cannot attend so that we can let someone else see the show. Contact us by email at tickets@urbanschool.org.

PARKING INFORMATION TBA per event; please check online calendar.