Fordham Notes: Fordham Theatre Director’s Newest Production Debuts

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fordham Theatre Director’s Newest Production Debuts

Wax Wings, the production that Fordham Theatre head Matthew Maguire premiered last May at New York’s Wild Project has a new name, and more importantly, a new home, on the Great White Way.

Instinct, as the newest incarnation of the play is known, will make its Broadway debut on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Lion Theatre at 410 West 42nd Street. Directed by Michael Kimmel and featuring Kimberly Blair, Maggie Bofill, Amirh Vann Rosario and Jeffrey Withers, it follows four cohabiting epidemiologists in a race against time.

Science gets personal as they fight to contain a potentially devastating outbreak, while trying to keep their relationships from unraveling. Instinct ultimately reveals that nothing is more contagious than human desire.

The play was born out of Maguire’s attendance at the Science of Evolution Conference at Emory University in 2008. Organizers asked him to write a play based on the science discussed there. He worked closely with Leslie Real, Ph.D., a molecular epidemiologist who was on a team that saved African Great Apes from being wiped out by the Ebola virus.

Performances are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. through Feb 4. Tickets are $18. Call (212) 239-6200 or visit for more information.
—Patrick Verel

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