Fermilab physicist directs "Copenhagen"- Sept. 16-25
| From left: Steve Blount as Niels Bohr, Susan Able Barry as Margrethe Bohr and Geoffrey Maher as Werner Heisenberg. Photo courtesy of John Congram
"Copenhagen," a play by Michael Frayn and directed by Mike Albrow, premieres on Sept. 16 at the Elgin Art Showcase. It will run through Sept. 25. For more information, please visit the Vex Theatre website.
A discussion between two physicists in 1941 could have determined the face of the future. The details of the conversation between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, nuclear physicists on opposite sides of World War II, are unknown. And, after the war, the two men disagreed on what was said during their meeting. "Copenhagen," directed by Fermilab physicist Mike Albrow, explores the choices made by these two scientists and their consequences.
“This was a famous meeting, and we don’t know much about it,” Albrow said. “If one of them had said or done something differently, it could have changed the course of history.”
A first-time director, Albrow saw "Copenhagen" performed in London more than a decade ago. He knew he wanted to bring the play to people at Fermilab, so he did a reading of the play with three actors from Wheaton Drama in April at Fermilab.
“It was an intimate setting, and the acting was superb,” said Fermilab physicist Craig Moore, who attended the reading. “It was interesting for me, as a physicist, to see how these two legends were portrayed.”