Meet Alex and his friend, Dr. Irene Pepperberg. Alex is an African Grey parrot. Irene is a researcher at Harvard University. Over the protests of her male colleagues, Irene teaches Alex to meaningfully communicate and solve problems at the level of a five-year-old child. This highly theatrical new work tracks their 30-year research experiment turned love story and asks: in a world where we are rapidly destroying animal habitats, just who exactly are we sharing our planet with? From the award-winning writer of Paradise.

Originally commissioned and developed by The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project.

The Brit d’Arbeloff Women in Science Production


by Laura Maria Censabella

Inspired by  the life story of Irene Pepperberg and Alex
directed by Cassie Chapados
March 14 – April 14, 2024
A Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Production