DATE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
VENUE: Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
PARTICIPANTS: Brian Greene, Jessica Frey, Carl Howell, Michael Winther
CREATIVE TEAM: Scott Faris, Jeff Beal, 59 Productions

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s discovery of the general theory of relativity, this original work weaves together dramatic portrayals, state-of-the-art animation and innovative projection techniques to trace Einstein’s electrifying journey toward one of the most beautiful ideas ever conceived. Brian Greene and an ensemble cast tell the dramatic story of the breakthrough moments, near misses, agonizing frustrations, and emergence into the light, as one intrepid mind took on the universe ... and won.

Directed by Scott Faris, Music by Jeff Beal, Designed by 59 Productions.

This event is sponsored in part by Winton.

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Brian Greene
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 UniverseThe Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA mini-series, which he hosted. Professor Greene co-founded the World Science Festival in 2008 and serves as Chairman of the Board.
Jessica Frey is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Atlantic Acting School. Her recent credits include: Clown Bar (NY Times Critics’ Pick), BYUIOO, and Giant Killer Slugs with Pipeline Theatre Co; King Lear and All’s Well That Ends Well with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Powerhouse (NY Times Critics’ Pick) with Sinking Ship Productions; Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money with Atlantic Theater Co; and TEN with Partial Comfort Productions.

Carl Howell is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. His theatre work includes the First National Tour of the Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by the late Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. In New York, Howell has appeared in Twelfth Night (The Pearl Theatre Co), Sleepless City (Pipeline Theatre Co.), and The Land Whale Murders (Shelby Company.) His regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) and the title role in Romeo and Juliet, as well as Love’s Labour’s Lost, Cymbeline, and Twelfth Night with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. In London, he appeared in Halo/Titanic at The Old Vic (Old Vic New Voices). Howell is so excited to return to this incredible show with such a remarkable team of collaborators.



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Michael Winther’s Broadway credits include 33 Variations, Mamma Mia!, 1776, The Crucible, Artist Descending a Staircase, and Damn Yankees. Other credits include the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Next to Normal, at Baltimore/Centerstage; Rooms of Light at Peak Performances; Songs From An Unmade Bed at SubCulture, NYC; Tectonic’s The Laramie Project Cycle at BAM; My Coma Dreams in NYC, Berlin, and San Francisco; Merrily We Roll Along at City Center Encores! Winther’s many regional credits include Center Theatre Group/LA, Guthrie Theater, Yale Rep, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, and Sundance Theatre Lab. His recent film and television appearances include Killing Winston Jones, The Avengers, Jumper, The Break-Up, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Boardwalk Empire, Hostages, Leverage, and Law & Order. He has performed in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Merkin Hall, The Town Hall, Symphony Space, and with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.


Scott Faris has directed the arena spectacular Walking with Dinosaurs, Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace, Veronic – Voices at Bally’s, both in Las Vegas; William Shatner’s one-man show, Shatner’s World on Broadway, In Perfect Harmony at 92Y, and over 20 productions of Chicago the Musical, in at least a dozen languages around the world.  His other mega-scale shows include EFX! at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and George Lucas Super Live Adventure, an insane multimedia spectacular based on the films of George Lucas. Faris was also part of the original team that created Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage. He has done extensive work as a show doctor and has been directing consultant for Cirque du Soleil. Faris honed his directing skills while working as a production supervisor for some of the best directors on Broadway.


Jeff Beal is an American composer with a genre-defying musical fluidity. Beal’s score and theme for Netflix House of Cards received four prime-time Emmy Award nominations and recently won outstanding score, bringing Beal’s Emmy tally to fifteen nominations and four statues. Other lauded series scores include HBO’s Carnivale and Rome. Film scores feature the documentaries Blackfish and Queen of Versailles and dramas Pollack and Appaloosa. Concert commissions include St. Louis, Rochester, Pacific, Frankfurt, Munich, Detroit and Metropole symphony orchestras, The Ying Quartet, The Debussy Trio, The Henry Mancini Institute, The Commission Project, The Prism Brass Quintet, Lexington Chamber Music Festival, Smuin Ballet, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

59 Productions

59 Productions combines technology and art to tell amazing stories. Whether creating stage productions, museum installations, live music shows, large-scale events, or films, 59’s team generates creative and technical ideas to help realize ambitious artistic projects. 59’s creative team covers a range of disciplines, including animation, filmmaking, writing, set, sound, and lighting design. These diverse skills are combined with technical expertise and bespoke design to create exciting and innovative work for audiences of all kinds. In recent years, 59 Productions has created the video design for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the David Bowie exhibition at the V&A in London, and Lighting the Sails of the Sydney Opera House for the Vivid Live festival. Previous work in New York includes the video design for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and An American in Paris (both currently running on Broadway) and Nico Muhly’s Two Boys (Metropolitan Opera).