Albert Einstein just choked his nurse to death. Sir Isaac Newton killed his nurse last month. Well, not really. For you see Newton is only pretending to be the renowned English scientist. He is the real Albert Einstein and doesn’t want to upset the other Einstein by revealing the truth.
Confused? Well it might help to know that the Shawnee State University Theatre program production of The Physicists by Friedrich Durrenmatt is set in a mental asylum, which in turn will be set at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts’ Kahl Theater, September 26-October 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Two of the patients have killed their nurses and there is a good chance that a third, who says King Solomon reveals the secrets of the universe to him, might be the next to act. The police have come to investigate.
Though this may sound like the plot for a mystery play where the inspector will reveal the murderer at the very end, don’t be fooled. In this case, the inspector has been convinced to wash his hands of the whole situation. The true situation is much more akin to a Cold War spy drama with undercover agents attempting to ferret out secrets.
In this mad house, “normal” conversations mask deceit while deranged pronouncements mask sincere intentions. There are plot twists until the very end that raise questions about just who the mad men are and the lengths to which truly responsible people should go to protect society from them.
The Shawnee State University Theatre program presents The Physicists in the Kahl Theater September 26-28, October 3-5 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $10 for Seniors, SSU faculty and staff $8, SSU students $3.
Tickets and information are available 10-5 p.m. at the McKinley Box Office, 740.351.3600. Online through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/41868, or any TicketMaster outlet.
Source: SSU Communications