Stagecraft to Present COPENHAGAN, 5/9-6/7
"Copenhagen," is a fictional account of an actual event during World War II, two physicists exchange heated words and profound ideas. One man, Werner Heisenberg, seeks to harness the power of the atom for Germany's forces. The other scientist, Niels Bohr is devastated that his native Denmark has been occupied by the Third Reich. Their encounter is human: full of memories and memory lapses, as well as affection and denial.
Stagecraft presents its inaugural production "Copenhagen" May 9 through June 7 at the John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place in Denver. Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday, May 22 at 7:30.p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 24 at 2:00 p.m. (No performance on May 25). Tickets are $20 adult, $18 Senior/Student and are available by calling 720-289-8163 or online at www.stagecraft.me.
Michael Frayn is best known as the author of the farce Noises Off and the dramas Copenhagen and Democracy. His novels, such as Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong and Spies, have also been critical and commercial successes, making him one of the handful of writers in the English language to succeed in both drama and prose fiction. Frayn's deep intelligence, comic genius, and humane values have made him one of Britain's best-loved authors.
In an interview with The Paris Review Frayn said, "Now, some stories require that you know what people are thinking, and some stories require that you don't. In Copenhagen the whole point of the play is trying to find out what Heisenberg was thinking and what his intentions were in going to Copenhagen to see Niels Bohr. If I tried to write it as a novel the whole story would be told in one paragraph. I'd say, Heisenberg decided to go to Copenhagen in 1941 in order to talk to Niels Bohr about such and such, because he hoped that Bohr would say so and so . . . But I wanted to look at the difficulty of knowing that exists in life. So it seemed natural to be outside Heisenberg's head and have to work out what was going on inside it."
"Copenhagen," was awarded the NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Critics' Circle Theatre Award and the Tony Award for Best Play.