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In collaboration with renowned cultural icons, the World Science Festival creates innovative theatrical performances, symphonic works, dance performances, and multimedia presentations, which have been performed both nationally and internationally. Select programs are now available for touring.

Brian Greene and an ensemble cast perform this new theatrical work tracing Albert Einstein’s electrifying journey toward one of the most beautiful ideas ever conceived – the General Theory of Relativity. With state-of-the-art animation and innovative projection techniques, Light Falls illuminates Einstein’s breakthrough moments, near misses, agonizing frustrations, and final emergence into the light, as one intrepid mind took on the universe…and won.

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A mesmerizing tale of a boy who challenges the awesome might of a black hole, Icarus at the Edge of Time is a full-orchestral, multimedia work bringing a powerful modern twist to a classic myth. Composer Philip Glass, physicist Brian Greene, playwright David Henry Hwang, and filmmakers Al + Al, take audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time to the very edge of understanding.

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In 1935, Albert Einstein and two colleagues published a landmark paper revealing that quantum mechanics allows widely separated objects to influence one another, even though nothing travels between them. Einstein called it spooky and rejected the idea, arguing instead that it exposed a major deficiency in the quantum theory. But, decades later, experiments established this unsettling concept correct, upending conventional notions of reality. Join Brian Greene on a journey that brings this insight and the remarkable history of reality-bending quantum mechanics vividly to life.

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Dear Albert, Alan Alda’s reading for the stage, delves into the treasure trove of letters written by Einstein, tracing an intimate and unfamiliar line across his life and work. Unquestionably one of the greatest – if not the greatest – minds of the 20th century, Einstein was as celebrated for his wit as for his Theory of Relativity. The reading humanizes a giant in the pantheon of great scientists and sheds light upon his momentous scientific insights through first-hand accounts of groundbreaking discoveries.

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Awakening the Mind is a tribute to the remarkable life and work of Dr. Oliver Sacks. A physician, best-selling author, professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine, and regular contributor to the World Science Festival, The New York Times called him “a poet laureate of contemporary medicine” and “one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century.” With stories from friends, colleagues, patients, admirers, and Dr. Sacks himself, this multi-media memory piece of music, image, and language brings to life this extraordinary man who had an incalculable impact on the worlds of medicine and storytelling. Produced in partnership with the Oliver Sacks Foundation.

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This stunning work explores the deeply moving story of one of the most accomplished and revered scientists in history. Filled with flights of intellectual adventure, Radiance is grounded in the tumultuous and all too human story of a brilliant woman’s determination to experience the passion she has both for knowledge and for love.

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