Einstein at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
La MaMa E.T.C. in association with Nephesh Theatre presents Einstein, by Gabriel Emanuel, starring Israeli actor Victor Attar, directed by Howard Rypp, at the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club from the 7 - 11 Dec 2005.
Einstein: The play is set on the eve of the great scientist's 70th birthday. After receiving yet another award, this time from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Einstein takes account of his life with the audience. He examines the many conflicting aspects of his personality as a physicist, pacifist, Jew and Zionist. The man of the century is revealed in all his greatness--his humanity, morality and simplicity.
Author Gabriel Emanuel untangles Einstein's life and inner workings with humor, honor, and honesty. The playscript strips down the fame and complexities of a man who liked neither. Letting his thoughts meander and his discussions vary from comical to deeply humanistic, Einstein moves through anecdotes of family and career. Though no other character is ever on stage, Einstein makes them visible to the audience through impersonations and stories that shape the history of his life.
Of course, Einstein explains his famous theories, and the audience plays a physical role in the explanations: they are called on stage and used in seats to demonstrate the simplicity of what most assume are complicated theories.
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