Genre: Drama

A new play about elegant, cutting-edge physics thoroughly entangled with human pain, passion, and desire.

On a train en route to London to attend the play Copenhagen, two English physicists, upper-class cosmologist George and brilliant working-class String theorist Rory, along with George's American cosmologist wife June, pursue their complex ideas about physics-a conversation that barely masks just-below-the-surface deceit and lies. Old Cambridge University classmates George and Rory dig at one another, with June caught in the middle. Poetry and probability fuel their collisions, as their heroes-Isaac Newton, Max Planck and Marie Curie-intercede with perspective, solace and humor. Excavating layers of jealousy, loss and grief, George, Rory and June finally expose their deepest longings for meaning in a questionably trustworthy universe. This train ride firmly intertwines cool science with the heat of emotional desire and longing. STRINGS is loosely based on the real-life train ride event in which American physicists Burt Ovrut, Paul Steinhardt and English physicist Neil Turok tweaked the Big Bang theory-potentially changing it forever.

Open:   12/16/06
Close:   01/06/07

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:15 pm through January 6th.
Theater:   78th Street Theatre Lab
Address:   236 W. 78th Street
New York, NY 10024
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Closest subway: 1,9 to 79th Street; walk south to 78th St, east to the theatre

Cost:$18.00; $10 for students and seniors or Call: at 212-362-0329
Company: Open Book