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Play brings Nobel laureate to life

“QED,” a play about Richard Feynman, popularizer of science and one of the best-known physicists in the world, will be presented in a theater-in-the-round setting Sept. 23 to Oct. 10 at Northwestern University.

Written by playwright Peter Parnell, “QED” was performed on Broadway in 2001 with Alan Alda as Feynman. Northwestern’s production features Rob Riley, 2008 Joseph Jefferson Award nominee for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the play “Cadillac,” as Feynman. Jillian Burfete will play the role of Miriam Field, and M. Payne-Hahner, director of The Gift Theatre’s 2009 production of “Talk Radio,” will direct. Courtney O’Neill is the set designer, and Matthew Grayson is the sound designer.

Performances are free and open to the public and will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Jerome B. Cohen Commons (fourth floor) of the Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston campus.

Reservations for “QED” are highly recommended and can be made by calling (847) 324-3298 or by visiting www.etopia.northwestern.edu.

Feynman was a storyteller extraordinaire, prankster, nanotechnology visionary, bongo player, prolific author and atomic bomb pioneer. He also was a lifelong advocate of creativity and originality in science and an inspiration to young scientists the world over.

 

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