Anacapan Helps Bring Physics to the Theater

Anacapa member Gabriel Cwilich has been involved in two theater shows that are running now at the Ensemble Studio Theater  (EST) ,  an off-Broadway theater in midtown Manhattan; he was the science advisor on both shows as part of his long-term involvement in the advisory board of the EST/ Alfred Sloan foundation project, part of the Sloan program for the public understanding of science and technology.

One of the plays is  End Days   by Deb Laufer, in its first New York production directed by Lisa Peterson  (it had successful runs in several US cities). Quoting from their webpage:

“Sixteen year old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her, hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.”

The New York Times, The New York Post, Variety, Theatermania, and Backstage gave the play very good reviews, and it runs until April 19.

The second one is a  one-woman-show/monologue, called Emily at the edge of chaos  by L.A. comedian-philosopher Emily Levine, where no stone of her life (and of Twentieth century physics) remains unturned.

More details and ticket information can be found at the webpage of EST