GÖDEL at 12 Peers Theater

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I’m very excited to announce that 12 Peers Theater has chosen my play GÖDEL for inclusion in their Modern Myths Podcast series! A big thanks to Matt Henderson and everyone at 12 Peers!

Also a big thanks to Alexa Kelly, Brian Richardson, Leslie Steele and everyone at Pulse Ensemble Theatre for helping me make great improvements to this play through their Playwrights Lab, and also to physicist Donald Spector of Hobart & William Smith Colleges for attending a reading and helping to ensure the mathematical and physics details were presented correctly.

GÖDEL Synopsis: As Julian arrives to visit his brilliant physicist friend in a psychiatric hospital in Princeton, NJ, he finds that Richard has stopped speaking. He wheedles it out of him that it is all because of Kurt Gödel, and what this man, considered the greatest logician since Aristotle and the only person that Albert Einstein considers an equal, has proved. But to understand exactly what Kurt Gödel did prove we must delve back over forty years, retracing the story of this motley crew of mathematicians and physicists as they discover the secret of the first atom bomb, struggle with terrible prejudices within the scientific community, and risk madness to discover the mind of god.

The Birth of Tragedy

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“Might the scientific approach be nothing but fear, flight from pessimism? A subtle form of self-defense against-  the truth? And, morally speaking, something like cowardice and falsehood? Amorally speaking, a piece of cunning? Oh Socrates, Socrates, was that, perhaps, your secret? Oh, secretive ironist, was that, perhaps, your- irony?”

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy

 

Poetry and Quantum Mechanics

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Reading the great German Romantic poet Hölderlin’s Hyperion, and theoretical physicist David Bohm’s Wholeness and The Implicate Order simultaneously. The similarities are astonishing.

“Among you I became so perfectly rational, learned so thoroughly to distinguish myself from what surrounds me that I am now isolated in the beautiful world…”  Hölderlin

“…science… is demanding a new, non-fragmentary world view… notions implying the undivided wholeness of the universe.” David Bohm

Will quantum mechanics rescue the suffering poet? Perhaps if more physicists, and the rest of us, develop an interest in the implications of their theories….

 

 

GÖDEL

GÖDELHad a fantastic first reading of my new play GÖDEL at Pulse Ensemble Theatre’s Playwright’s Lab! A big thanks to Alexa Kelly, Brian Richardson, Jeremy Lawrence, Karin de la Penha, Gregory Wilson, Benjamin Russell,Tony Chiroldes and Joseph Franchini!

Synopsis of GÖDEL.
As Julian arrives to visit his brilliant physicist friend in a psychiatric hospital in Princeton, NJ, he finds that Richard has stopped speaking. He wheedles it out of him that it is all because of Kurt Gödel, and what this man, considered the greatest logician since Aristotle and the only person that Albert Einstein considers an equal, has proved. But to understand exactly what Kurt Gödel did prove we must delve back over forty years, retracing the story of this motley crew of mathematicians and physics as they discover the secret of the first atom bomb, struggle with terrible prejudices within the scientific community, and risk madness to discover the mind of god.

GÖDEL

I’m very excited to announce that my new play, GÖDEL, about the mathematician Kurt Gödel, has been selected by Pulse Ensemble Theatre for development in their Playwrights Lab, a three month workshop, followed by a staged reading!

Play summary: As Julian arrives to visit his brilliant physicist friend in a psychiatric hospital in Princeton, NJ, he finds that Richard has stopped speaking. He wheedles it out of him that it is all because of Kurt Gödel, and what this man, considered the greatest logician since Aristotle and the only person that Albert Einstein considers an equal, has proved. But to understand exactly what Kurt Gödel did prove we must delve back over forty years, retracing the story of this motley crew of mathematicians and physics as they discover the secret of the first atom bomb, struggle with terrible prejudices within the scientific community, and risk madness to discover the mind of god.

MEDUSA and THE ODDITY at Dream Up 2015

My two short plays, “Medusa” and “The Oddity” will be featured at Theater for the Ne300px-Medusa_by_Caravaggio_2w City’s Dream Up Festival! I am thrilled that Chad Chenail will be directing these two pieces! A big thanks to Playwrights at the Grand and The Stella Adler Studio of Acting for their great staged readings of these two plays last year, which gave me the confidence to bring these plays to production!

Dates to be announced soon!

For more info on the event go to:

https://medusaandtheoddity.wordpress.com/