Tony Award-winning play "Copenhagen" to be performed at Coe

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2011-01-14 14:00:17 - General

Coe Physics Professor Steve Feller (as Niels Bohr), Barbara Feller (as Margrethe Bohr) and Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett (as Werner Heisenberg) are featured in the upcoming Coe theatre production "Copenhagen." The play opens Jan. 27 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus.

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present a thought-provoking play in which two famous atomic physicists find themselves on opposite sides of World War II in “Copenhagen” on Jan. 27, 28, 29 and 30 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday, Jan. 30 performance, which starts at 2 p.m. In addition, themed pre-performance dinners are being held Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29 in Clark Alumni House.

Seats are reserved, and tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. The pre-performance dinner option is $20, and reservations are required. Tickets for the play and the dinner are available by calling the Coe Box Office at 399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets for the performance may also be available at the door.

Written by Michael Frayn and directed by Brandon Bruce, the cast includes Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett as Werner Heisenberg, Coe Physics Professor Steve Feller as Niels Bohr, and his wife, Barbara Feller, as Margrethe Bohr.

In this Tony Award-winning play, Frayn investigates a meeting that took place in 1941 between two Nobel laureates, the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg – friends who found themselves on opposite sides of World War II. “Copenhagen” offers a clever “dramatic” demonstration of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle as it might be applied to human intentions, calling all presumed convictions into question.

Successfully bringing together the disciplines of physics and theatre, “Copenhagen” has received several honors, including a Tony Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, the London Evening Standard Award for best play, a Critic’s Circle Theatre Award, and the Evening Standard Award.

“The play Copenhagen is a high drama with considerable comedy,” said Feller.“Niels Bohr was the founder of atomic physics and Werner Heisenberg was the greatest of his students. In World War II, they were on opposite sides of the war. Heisenberg was in charge of Hitler's atomic energy research program, whereas Bohr ended up working for the Allies on the Manhattan project.  The three characters actually met in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen in September 1941. That meeting changed the world as it led to the making of atomic bombs; yet no one knows exactly what was said. We do know that Bohr and Heisenberg disagreed completely after the war.”

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