The Wisconsin Lutheran College Theatre Department presents An Experiment with an Air Pump

October 12, 2005

MILWAUKEE - The Wisconsin Lutheran College theatre department, celebrating 10 years in the Center for Arts and Performance, presents the fascinating, poignant play An Experiment with an Air Pump by Shelagh Stephenson November 4-6 and 10-12 in the Raabe Theatre.

Set on the cusp of two emerging centuries - one heralding the birth of the industrial age (1799), the other the age of biotechnology (1999) - An Experiment With an Air Pump, directed by Professor Jan Nelson, addresses such provocative concerns as medical ethics, passion versus love, the evolving role of women, and the aim of science at the dawning of eras nearly 200 years apart.

"An Experiment with an Air Pump is a 'cornucopia of philosophic and social issues' more than a play in the traditional sense," says Nelson. "One might argue that too many ideas lie between the lines of this script, but I think there is a common question that ties them together - what is the value of a human life?"

The Raabe Theatre is located in Wisconsin Lutheran College's Center for Art and Performance; 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $8 general, $7 senior and $5 students and may be purchased through the box office at (414) 443-8802 or online at

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.