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    Name: "Uncanny Valley" by Thomas Gibbons
    Date: January 19, 2017 - February 12, 2017
    Event Description:
    Pear Theatre greets the new year with a production of UNCANNY VALLEY by Thomas Gibbons. “Uncanny valley” is a computer industry term, referring to a sense of unease when a computer-generated figure, or humanoid robot, appears almost – but not 'quite' – human. UNCANNY VALLEY – which shows us a synthetic being during the slow process of becoming a human analogue – explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the twenty-first century. The Washington Post called it “fascinating ... cerebrally challenging. The questions the play raises — can, for instance, a robot’s consciousness attain a level of sophistication that qualifies as sentience? — compel one to consider whether like the Tin Man, a manufactured being might actually someday possess a heart”.
    Location:
    Pear Theatre, 1110 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA
    Date/Time Information:
    Previews January 19 at 8pm. Runs January 20 through February 12, Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm
    Contact Information:
    650.254.1148
    Fees/Admission:
    $10 previews; $35 regular performances; discounts available for seniors and students.
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