THE HARD PROBLEM
by Tom Stoppard
directed by Jack O'Brien
Lincoln Center Theater, 150 West 65th Street. October 25, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Opens November 19.
In Tom Stoppard’s THE HARD PROBLEM, Hilary (Adelaide Clemens) is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is “the hard problem” facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one.