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Synetic Theater at Crystal City
Between 18th St S and 20th St S 1800 South Bell Street Arlington, VA 22202
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Dine before you go. We ate at McCormick and Smits with slow service at the bar.
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nearby public garage parking was unexpectedly free. and convenient.
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6 reviews
9 stars
attended Jun 06 2010

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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16 stars
attended Jun 04 2010

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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attended Jun 02 2010

Really well done one-man show with great visual support and staging about a guy who is too little-known in today's world.

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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.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Arena Stage

Arena Stage today stands as a flagship American theater. Arena Stage was one of the first not-for-profit theaters in the United States, as well as a pioneer of the regional theater movement. It was the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, the first invited by the U.S. State Department to tour behind the Iron Curtain, and the first to receive a Tony Award. Taking a leadership role in extending theater’s horizons, Arena Stage has implemented groundbreaking policies and programs, promoting diversity in all aspects of theater, from theatergoing to production.

The Arena Stage legacy of world-class productions includes vast epics, charged dramas, rousing musicals, and probing profiles. From the monumental to the developmental, Arena Stage has helped build the canon of American theater. While they produce American classics, Arena Stage premieres new American plays and supported works in progress. They’ve nurtured artistic growth and engaged the community, broadening and intensifying the theatrical experience for one and all. And yet, in spite of it all, in their second half-century they see themselves as more fresh, restless and dynamic than ever.