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February 21, 2013

Blinn theatre goes nuclear with “Copenhagen”

Tony Award-winning drama tackles the ethics of nuclear arms

“Copenhagen”Blinn College – Bryan will take theatre-goers back to World War II and the ethical quandaries of scientific advancement with three performances Feb. 28-March 2.

“Copenhagen,” by Michael Frayn, is based on a meeting between German physicist Werner Heisenberg and his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Together they had revolutionized atomic science in the 1920s, but now they are on opposite sides of World War II. The play forces them together in a situation fraught with danger, in hopes of discovering why people act as they do.

“You do not have to be well-versed in the sciences to arrive at a deep empathy with the massive ethical debate and thrilling scientific achievement that encapsulates their story,” said Theatre Instructor Greg Wise.

The play premiered in London in 1998 and ran for 300 performances. In 2000, the play opened on Broadway and ran for another 326 performances, winning Tony Awards for best play, best featured actress in a play and best direction of a play.

Blinn Physics Instructor Grady Hendricks will host a corresponding noon lecture Feb. 28 about the men who helped create the first atomic bomb.

Both the performances and the lecture are free and will be held on the Bryan campus’ Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room in the Student Center, Bldg. E (map). Curtain times for the performances are 7:30 p.m.

“Copenhagen” is the third performance of Blinn-Bryan’s 2012-13 theatre season. In October, Blinn presented “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin, and in December the College presented “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell.

Blinn’s theatre season will conclude with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” an irreverent and lightning-paced romp through the Bard’s canon of plays and sonnets in 90 minutes of high-speed, over-the-top hilarity. The show runs April 25-27.

For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/Brazos/finearts, or contact Wise at 979-209-7244 or greg.wise@blinn.edu.