Copenhagen: Friendship, Physics and the Atomic Bomb
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For despite their differences, both Orman and James share an obsession with money and Rich Girl explores that peculiarly American fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidences is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
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A wonderful insight into a meeting that still remains a mystery. Delves into the relationship between science and morality, society, and art against the background of the war and the science of the bomb. Although the actors occasionally had difficulty with the complex dialog the play was well done.
By turns intellectually dazzling and deeply moving, Copenhagen journeys through the realm of science and beyond.
On an autumn evening in 1941, two old friends, physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, met for the first time since Nazi Germany invaded Denmark the previous year. Both men knew the secrets of nuclear fission, but would they use that information to build an atomic bomb? Would Heisenberg build a bomb for Hitler to protect Germany from another defeat? Would Bohr risk what he fears most--a nuclear war--to stop an even greater evil? All these questions confront the ghosts of Heisenberg, Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, who have gathered to determine what they never managed to agree about in life: Why did Heisenberg come to Copenhagen that night? Relationships split like atoms and memories become as uncertain as Heisenberg’s famous principle as the three reconstruct the evening.
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Scott Zigler