PARTICIPANTS: Brian Greene, Maia Guest, Carl Howell, Michael Roush
PROGRAM DATE: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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. This program, back by popular demand, takes the audience on a journey that brings this insight and the remarkable history of reality-bending quantum mechanics vividly to life.

This program is part of the Big Ideas Series.

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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.

Maia Guest trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, and has worked in theater, television and film in London, New York, Los Angeles, and throughout the United States. She can be currently seen playing a scientist in BYUtv’s new period scripted drama, Granite Flats, and has appeared on shows on PBS, VH1, BBC, MTV.

Guest has extensive experience with classical works, having performed many roles in the plays of Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, and Congreve; she has also done original contemporary works at New York theaters including HERE, Primary Stages, the Westbeth, the Theater at St. Clements, as well as regionally. She wrote and starred in the world premiere adaptation of James Baldwin’s landmark novel Giovanni’s
at London’s Drill Hall. Maia voices novels for audible.com.

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Carl Howell is an actor and musician whose theater credits include the five-time Tony Award–winning Peter and the Starcatcher (1st National Tour, directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers). Off-Broadway, Howell has appeared in Twelfth Night (The Pearl Theatre Co), and The Land Whale Murders. His regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night (all with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (HVSF + Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra). In London, he has appeared in Halo/Titanic (the Old Vic; Old Vic New Voices) and he can be seen in the PBS documentary, Shakespeare on the Hudson. He has twice been selected for workshops with Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic and BAM, and is an accomplished musician and songwriter. A native of New Jersey, Howell received his bachelor’s of fine arts degree from New York University.


A graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. actor training program, Michael Roush moved to New York City to act with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Following that season, he worked to bring “We Happy Animals,” a new play by Andrew Kramer, to the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival where he originated the role of Ben. He went on to play Judas in “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” with Sanguine Theater Company, star in the independent film Lessons from Strangers with AndUP Productions, and play Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” with the Southwest Shakespeare Company. His most recent credits include Hamlet in “Hamlet” directed by Richard Corley, Sean Carrington in “Bees and Lions,” a new play by Sarah M. Duncan, and Ted in the reading of Crystal Skillman’s new play, “Wild,” directed by Evan Caccioppoli. He is also a committed member of The Factory, which has taken root in New York City with the help of director Tim Carroll.