A Short History of Night

By (author): John Mighton

A Short History of Night charts the strange origins of contemporary science through two of the Renaissance’s most unusual figures—mercurial, ambitious Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and meticulous, idealistic geometrician and Christian mystic Johannes Kepler.

As religious wars and witch hunts rage outside the castle walls, an unlikely band of alchemists and astrologers vie to unlock the secrets of the cosmos. Based loosely on the life of sixteenth-century astronomer, astrologer, and mathematician Johannes Kepler, the play draws disturbing parallels between medieval and modern thought.


John Mighton

John Mighton’s plays have been performed across Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan, and the United States. He is the recipient of several national awards, including the Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Possible Worlds & A Short History of Night and most recently Half Life. John holds an M.A. in philosophy from McMaster University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Toronto. He is currently a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.


A Short History of Night confirms Mighton’s status as an intellectually absorbing writer…”


  • Chalmers Canadian Play Award 1992, Winner
  • Dora Maver Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Small Theatre 1992, Winner
  • Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama 1992, Winner
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    64 Pages
    8.36in * 5.40in * .15in


    March 01, 2006



    9781770911116 – PDF

    9781770911123 – EPUB

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