QED

The late, great physicist Richard Feynman is the subject of Peter Parnell’s nearly one-man show, QED, a recent Broadway triumph for Alan Alda in the role of Feynman.

Play title: QED

Author (s): Peter Parnell

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books

Publication Date: 2002

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Physics

Secondary Discipline: Quantum Mechanics

Scientist (s): Richard Feynman

Source Texts: Inspired by the writings of Richard Feynman, and Ralph Leighton’s Tuva Or Bust!

Character Breakdown: 1 man, 1 woman

Richard Feynman and Miriam Field

Setting: Feynman’s office at Caltech

Time Period: Act One: A Saturday afternoon in June, 1986  Act Two: That Night.

Synopsis of Play: The late, great physicist Richard Feynman is the subject of Peter Parnell’s nearly one-man show, QED, a recent Broadway triumph for Alan Alda in the role of Feynman. Set in Feynman’s office on the weekend in which he discovers he has terminal cancer, this play is a tour-de-force that captures his unique and puckish genius. As we read about his world on the Manhattan Project, his reconstruction of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and his Nobel Prize-winning quantum electrodynamics theory, as well as the intimate details of Feynman’s personal life, we grow to love the man behind the science. And we read in fascination as he puzzles over the problem of his own death to a powerful conclusion. With a thoughtful foreword from Alda, this is a moving play that is must for science and theatre fans everywhere.  (Play text cover blurb Applause Books)

First Performance Date: March 21, 2001

First Producer: Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum

Performance History: QED premiered at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles on March 21, 2001.  The production team included:  Director: Gordon Davidson, Set Design: Ralph Funicello, Costume Design: Marianna Elliott, Lighting Design: D. Martyn Bookwalter, Sound Design: Jon Gottlieb, Movement: Donald McKayle and Creative consultant: Ralph Leighton.

The play opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City on October 21, 2001.

Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/19/arts/theater-review-qed-iconoclastic-physicist-for-all-occasions.html

http://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/world/QED01.html

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/578718.Qed

http://www.curtainup.com/qed.html

https://www.its.caltech.edu/~bi/labinger/bookreviews/13plays.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman

Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders

 

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