Mesmeric Revelation: New Central Works Play Inspired by Poe Story
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Richard Feynman was a true iconoclast, a brilliant theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner who played the bongos and was beloved by his students. A rock star among his fellow scientists, he was also enormously popular with non-scientists for his work presenting scientific topics to the general public in an engaging and understandable way. He was perhaps most well-known for his hilarious collections of anecdotes from his life and work, including Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! This up-close and personal portrait, performed by Jeff Garrett, relives a day in the life of Mr. Feynman, presenting scenes from both his professional life (working on the Manhattan Project and the Challenger inquiry) to his personal life (the death of his wife and his own fight with cancer). This touching and laugh-out-loud biographical play brings forth the humor, warmth and personality that made Richard Feynman a beloved figure of 20th-century science. Learn More
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- "A must-see." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.examiner.com/theater-in-oakland/eye-from-the-aisle-mesmeric-revelation-at-central-works-exquisite-challenging-review">Examiner.com</a>
- "Not to be missed." --<em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.mercurynews.com/entertainment/ci_20004763">San Jose Mercury News</a></em>
- "Unusual and engaging." --<em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2012-02-24/article/39363?headline=Theater-Review-Central-Works-Mesmeric-Revelation-at-the-City-Club">Berkeley Daily Planet</a></em>
Central Works opens this year's season of world premieres with a new play inspired by a story from that master of the metaphysical, Edgar Allan Poe.
Paris, on the eve of the Revolution, the most learned men in the world gather at the Royal Academy of Science. Antoine Lavoisier, esteemed director of the Academy, leads an inquiry into the latest craze sweeping through French Society. The scandalous Dr. Anton Mesmer claims he can cure any patient of any illness by "mesmerizing" them – placing them in a mysterious trance-like state. Can such a claim be proven scientifically? Antoine, the "Father of Modern Chemistry," faces off against Anton, the "Wizard of Vienna," in a fiery clash of science and mysticism.
Mesmeric Revelation is the second production developed by Central Works with playwright/director Aaron Henne. Last year Henne's journey into the surreal, A Man's Home…an ode to Kafka's Castle, prompted George Heymont of the Huffington Post to declare, "If you want theatre that pushes the creative envelope to the limits, don't miss this show."