Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1998
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Time & Place
the afterlife, timeless
Cast Size
small
Licensor:
Ideal For
black box, off- broadway, broadway
Casting Notes:

Synopsis

It is the afterlife and friends Werner Heisenberg, Niels Bohr, and Niels' wife, Margrethe, meet to discuss a question that has been plaguing the group since they were alive, "Why did Heisenberg visit Bohr in Copenhagen at the height of World War II?" As a German physicist who was funded by the Nazi government, Heisenberg could have been killed for treason at the time for visiting his long time friend and mentor Bohr, a Jewish Physicist. Theories are proposed and hotly debated as the friends retrace their relationship since they first met and attempt to understand the personal and professional implications their science had amidst the heated world politics of early 1940's Europe. Over the course of the play the trio finally settle on one idea to answer the question… although they all agree there is no way to actually verify it as the definitive truth.


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