R. Buckminster Fuller: Modern Day Da Vinci Explores the Universe
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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It was great to get an intimate understanding of Buckminster Fuller's life and work, and I think the show did a great job of presenting it in an entertaining, enlightening and even compassionate way. There is so much we STILL need to learn from this brilliant thinker. Go! If it's your cup of tea. (The guy next to me fell asleep and didn't return for the second act. His loss).
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Phenomenal one man show that manages to keep the audience engrossed from start to finish. Interesting use of camera work and projection of film to illustrate some of Fuller's ideas along with footage showing his designs and home videos of his...continued
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Although the play is 20 years old, the thoughts are as fresh and relevant as ever. How will we sustain Spaceship Earth? as asked and explored by the quirky, profound, irrelevant, and inspiring Bucky himself. Marvelous acting and wonderful...continued
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“As startlingly funny as it is intellectually stimulating.” —San Francisco Examiner.
_R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of The Universe _is based on Fuller’s life and writings. Referred to as one of the world’s first futurists, many of Fuller’s ideas continue to shape the fields of science and philosophy today. Fuller was a true renaissance man who used engineering, architecture, poetry and cosmology to find solutions to worldwide problems like poverty and starvation. Fuller’s most recognized invention is the geodesic dome, an energy- and cost-efficient spherical structure of interlocked triangles. He was committed to helping mankind by pioneering ideas of sustainability and energy usage.
“While he was alive, Bucky was most often described as an architect, but the architects said, ‘No he’s an engineer.’ The engineers said, ‘No, he’s a mathematician.’ The mathematicians said, ‘He might be a geometer, but really, he’s a poet.’ The poets said, ‘No, he’s a utopian philosopher.’ The philosophers said, ‘No, he’s an architect.’ No one quite claimed him as one of their own," said Jacobs. "But everyone heard him speak about fields other than their own specialization. However, it’s been acknowledged that artists always recognized him as one of their own. His call for a design science revolution was a call to integrate the best insights, methods and intuitions of artists, scientists and technologists.”
From the playwright, D.W. Jacobs: “In 1967, right after high school, my brother Steve and I worked for a month as waiters in D.C., spending our days off in the National Gallery and wandering the Mall. In 1968, as I started flirting with theatre, Steve insisted I come see Bucky lecture at the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. Amidst assassination, war and overarching turmoil, Bucky’s curious voice carved a path to the future. We are now catching up with his perception that war is obsolete, his playful invitation to rethink everything we know, and his insistence on action based on individual integrities and whole system synergies.”
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