How different would the world have looked had the Nazis been the first to build an atomic bomb? Werner Heisenberg, one of Hitler's lead nuclear scientists, famously and mysteriously met in Copenhagen with his colleague and mentor, Niels Bohr, one of the founders of the Manhattan Project. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning drama imagines their reunion. Joined by Niels' wife, Margrethe, these three brilliant minds converge for an encounter of atomic proportions.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Alfred Molina as Niels Bohr; Shannon Cochran as Margrethe Bohr; and David Krumholtz as Werner Heisenberg. Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in November, 2011.
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As the savvy reader may suspect this work revolves around whether or not one man spoke to another in the midst of war and passed on a warning.
A taught interesting discussion between two giants of history and science debates the morals of necessity and war and the foibles of memory.
Well worth the price of admission with excellent nuanced performances by all parties.
"Somewhat experimental but interesting"
This small play has an experimental feel. Not only is it a hypothetical view of historic conversations between theoretical physicists but the characters are revisiting their lives from the grave and repeating the main scene with different interpretations. As a piece of experimental theatre I am not convinced it is a great success but as an intelligent and well written historical perspective it is worth listening to, especially for someone like me who likes physics.
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