Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Copenhagen in Norman

Rilla Askew writes:

Hi friends. 

I wanted to let you know that my husband Paul Austin is here in Oklahoma acting in a play at OU that opens later this week.  Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen is a fascinating play based on a meeting that took place between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg at Bohr's home in Copenhagen in 1941 in the early years of WWII when both sides were working to develop the atomic bomb.

The play originally debuted in London in 1998, and the New York production won a Tony for Best Play in 2000 [see image at right].  It’s really an amazing work, and this production, directed by Susan Shaunessy, looks to be outstanding.  Paul is Niels Bohr and Tom Orr, chairman of the OU Theatre Department and a really outstanding actor, plays Heisenberg.  Although Paul has performed in films, television, and all over New York, this is his first time to act in Oklahoma. I hope you’ll get a chance to see it. 

The show opens Thursday, September 9 at the Weitzenhoffer Theatre in the Fine Arts Center on the OU campus. It runs Thursday-Saturday, September 9-11, at 8:00 PM, with a Sunday matinee on September 13 at 3:00 PM.  After the Sunday matinee there will be a Symposium and Reception in the theatre lobby to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of OU’s Physics Department.  The Theatre Box Office phone is 405-325-4101. More information on the attached poster.

All best,

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