God and Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking faces many challenges in his life, examples being the challenges of scientific exploration and discovery, challenges with his health, and personal challenges such as continuing to be a husband and father.

Play title: God and Stephen Hawking

Author (s): Robin Hawdon

Publisher: Joseph Weinberger Plays

Publication Date: 2000

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Astrophysics

Secondary Discipline: Cosmology

Scientist (s): Primary scientists: Stephen Hawking, secondary scientist(s): Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, and various others

Source Texts: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, Music to Move the Stars by Jane Hawking

Character Breakdown: Stephen Hawking, Jane Hawking, Elaine Mason (Nurse), and God (also seen as Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Jonathan Hellyer Jones and other various characters for brief moments)

Setting: Various portions of the life of Stephen Hawking taking place at Cambridge University in England and the Hawking residence.

Time Period: Over the course of Stephen Hawking’s adult life, approx. from 1963-1990s

Synopsis of Play: Stephen Hawking faces many challenges in his life, examples being the challenges of scientific exploration and discovery, challenges with his health, and personal challenges such as continuing to be a husband and father. His main priority, of course, is to continue to study the universe, no matter the sacrifices he must make in his other challenge areas. God finds Stephen’s refusal to believe in anything but science both amusing and thought-provoking, of course. It is for this reason that He narrates the plot and takes the form of various characters throughout the play to try to get Stephen to ultimately answer one of science’s most basic questions: Who or what created the universe, and for what purpose? (Synopsis written by Emma Marston)

First Performance Date: August 23 2000

First Producer: Jonathan Church

Performance History: Theatre Royal Bath UK August 23-26 2000

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2000/aug/14/artsfeatures2

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2000/sep/02/theatre

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/features/god-and-stephen-hawking-the-playhouse-derby-701939.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/jun/04/vanessathorpe.theobserver1

Entered by: Emma Marston and Jason Putnam

Emma Marston is a female anthropology major at Christopher Newport University, trying to collect as much knowledge and as many valuable experiences as I can.

Jason Putnam is a neuroscience major at Christopher Newport University who is an avid runner and a go with the flow kind of guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Photos:

Stephen Hawking accepting the Copley Medal, 2006
Stephen and Jane Hawking, their wedding day, 1965

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