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Dear Albert

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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.

Dear Albert  features Francesca Faridany (Broadway: Macbeth, Man And Boy, The 39 Steps, The Homecoming) and Cynthia Nixon (Broadway: Rabbit Hole, Wit, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Indiscretions, Angels in America, The Heidi Chronicles, and The Women) as the women in Einstein’s life, and Paul Rudd (Broadway: The Last Night of Ballyhoo; film: CluelessAnchorman) as Albert Einstein.

This reading for the stage is directed by Obie Award-winning Broadway director Mark Brokaw (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Lyons, After Miss Julie, Cry-Baby, The Constant Wife and Reckless), and produced by World Science Festival co-founder Tracy Day. After the play, Alda and Festival co-founder Brian Greene will host a discussion on Einstein.

Participants

Alan AldaActor, Author, Director

Alan Alda, a seven-time Emmy® Award winner, played Hawkeye Pierce and wrote many of the episodes on the classic TV series M*A*S*H. He has starred in, written, and directed many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator.

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Francesca FaridanyActor

Francesca Faridany has performed on Broadway in Macbeth, Man and Boy, The 39 Steps, and The Homecoming, and Off-Broadway: The NY Idea, Orlando, and The Stronger. Regional highlights include the 2013 Helen Hayes Best Actress award winner for Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre, DC) and Julia in Albee’s A Delicate Balance (McCarter).

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Cynthia NixonActor

Cynthia Nixon made her film debut in Little Darlings at 12 years old and her Broadway debut at 14 in The Philadelphia Story. Since then she’s appeared in over 40 plays, countless films and television shows, and received Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.

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Paul RuddActor

Paul Rudd has performed on Broadway in Grace, Three Days of Rain, The Last Night at Ballyhoo, Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center). Other theater: Long Day’s Journey Into Night (West End, London), The Shape of Things (Off Broadway, Almedia Theatre London), Bash (Off Broadway, LA), Ancestral Voices.

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Mark BrokawDirector

Mark Brokaw’s work on Broadway includes Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Lyons, After Miss Julie, Cry-Baby, The Constant Wife, Reckless. He has directed at London’s Donmar Warehouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, Dublin’s Gate Theatre, and the Sydney Opera House. Brokaw is the Artistic Director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre.

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Brian Greene
Brian GreenePhysicist and Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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