Lynne Kaufman


Performed by Brian Herndon & Jackson Davis
Written by Lynne Kaufman
Directed by Robert Kelley
Light/Soundboard Operator: Alexa Almira & Aaron Aguilar

May 4 – June 9, 2018 | San Francisco
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm
Sundays at 5:30pm


“A portrait of collaboration by opposites.” –SF Chronicle

“Nonstop intellectual fervor.” –-SF Examiner 

“‘Two Minds’ meld, then clash, brilliantly, at The Marsh SF.” –Theatrius

“Intriguing, quirky, complex.” –Theatre Eddy’s

“Incredibly well-written.” –Daily Cal Review

“Three parts intellectual revelation, two parts humor, and one part sober reflection.” –Victor Cordell, ATCA/SFBATCC Member

“Davis and Herndon ably emphasize the pair’s contrasts.” –SF Chronicle

“Brilliant, sensitive, and multi-faceted performances.” –Theatre Eddy’s

“Lynne Kaufman delights with Nobel Geniuses.” –Theatrius

“Riveting, world premiere two-hander that never lets up.” –Victor Cordell, ATCA/SFBATCC Member

Show Description

“Familiarity is not easily distinguishable from the truth. — Daniel Kahneman

Ever wish you could make better decisions? So did Daniel Kahneman & Amos Tversky, two brilliant Israeli psychologists who won a MacArthur Genius Award and a Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking research on how we think.

The two men were intellectually so aligned they could finish each other’s sentences, but emotionally their difference tore them apart. TWO MINDS tells the story of their unique collaboration and troubled friendship. And it’s funny.

Lynne Kaufman, author of “Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass,” is the playwright. Robert Kelley, Artistic Director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, directs. Actors Jackson Davis, and Brian Herndon bring Danny and Amos to dramatic life.

Special Talkbacks:

May 25th: Talkback with the cast of Two Minds, and author Lynne Kaufman.

Artist Biographies

Brian Herndon (Amos Tversky) last worked with Kelley, Jack and Lynne on Painting America, the musical of the life of Norman Rockwell. He’s been part of numerous New Works Festivals at TheatreWorks, and with Kelley has originated roles in two world premiere musicals, Emma and Being Earnest. Brian has also worked across the Bay Area at Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, San Jose Stage, Berkeley Playhouse, Shotgun Players, SF Shakes, and others. He holds his MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and studied at the Dell’Arte School. He is proud to be in the PlayGround company and the Actors’ Equity Association.

Jackson Davis (Daniel Kahneman) has worked throughout the Bay Area acting in classical plays, comedies, dramas, and musicals. He has worked on the world  premieres of the musicals Max Understood with the Paul Dresher Ensemble, The Fourth Messenger at the Ashby Stage, Hans Christian Andersen at ACT and Josephine at TheatreWorks, as well as the workshop production of Painting America by Lynne Kaufman. He performed the solo piece An Illiad at Pacific Repertory in Carmel and again at San Jose Stage Company, and as Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Livermore Shakespeare Festival. He has also appeared with Aurora Theatre, The Magic, Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theater, Word for Word and Z Space.

Lynne Kaufman (playwright) wrote “Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass” which played for nearly a year at The Marsh in S,F, and Berkeley. She has had twenty full length plays produced at such venues as The Magic Theatre, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Florida Studio Theatre, The Abingdon Theatre in N.Y.C. and The Fountain Theatre in L.A. Her plays have won The Glickman Award for Best New Play in S.F., Theatreworks Award for Best New Play in California, The NEA/Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and are published by Dramatists Play Service, the 7th Annual Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest, Dramatic Publishing and Smith and Krause.

Robert Kelley (Director) founded TheatreWorks in 1970 and has been artistic director ever since. He has directed over 150 TheatreWorks productions, including many world or regional premieres.  He has received the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also received  BATCC Awards for Outstanding Direction, Dean Goodman Choice Awards, Bay Area Drama-Logue Awards and Back Stage West Garlands Awards.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
May 4 – June 9 | San Francisco Mainstage
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 8:30pm | Sundays at 5:30pm
70 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 14+ | Please do not bring infants to the show