Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Copenhagen examines moral implications of physicists’ work on atomic bomb

Dan Jalbuena (left), playing the role of Niels Bohr; Steven Alexander, as Werner Heisenbergan; and Rebecca Abaffy, playing the role of Bohr’s wife, Margrethe; rehearse a scene from Copenhagen. The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater department will present the play at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, free for OU-C students. Tickets are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

The play, by Michael Frayn, is based on a 1941 meeting between physicists Neil Bohr and Heisenbergan in Copenhagen. The plot revolves around trying to determine the reason the two physicists actually met in Copenhagen and if they had moral objections to scientists working on nuclear weapons or whether the use of atomic weapons in World War II was inevitable and they were, in fact, actors in a larger play.

“Frayn's play is a powerful exploration of who knew what when, and whether knowledge is freedom or constraint. It's a great piece of theater, composed and presented in a captivating way. Audiences will be enthralled as they watch our three senior actors deliver terrific performances,” said director Ken Breidenbaugh.

Copenhagen debuted in London in 1998 and opened on Broadway in 2000, running for 326 performances.

The OU-C theater program has established a legacy of offering interesting, thought-provoking performances that add to the cultural life on campus and in the community. Participation in the theater program also contributes to the campus’ emphasis on offering its students a well-rounded educational experience in which they can explore areas of interest outside of the classroom.