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EINSTEIN – A Stage Portrait

The World is celebrating the 100th year of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in 2015. On this occasion Azim Premji University in association with Bangalore Little Theatre and St. Joseph’s College presents the visiting American production of, ‘Einstein: A Stage Portrait.’ This award winning internationally successful one-person play enacted by Tom Schuch and directed by Willard Simms has been performed all over the world in countries as diverse as Italy, Hungary, Argentina, Zimbabwe and Scotland. The play was first presented at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, Ca. in 1984 and was voted Critics Choice. It has received awards for writing, directing and acting.

This award-winning play (Drama-Logue, Best Playwright) brings to life a brilliant, dedicated, and sometimes controversial theoretical physicist who TIME magazine called their "Man of the Century." Einstein was "a much too famous man whose reputation grew so out of proportion." He was a reluctant celebrity who single-handedly set the science world on its collective ear at the astonishing age of 26 with his Special Theory of Relativity. His passion was deciphering nature's puzzle, and he spent his entire life trying to fit the pieces together. Yet, he didn't begin talking until the age of three and was considered to be a slow learner by his teachers. He abhorred all forms of authority, which made his school years difficult and finding work as an adult even harder. Despite all that, a day rarely passes when we don't hear some reference to Albert Einstein.

The Setting: The year is 1946, the 'Bomb' was dropped, the world has forever changed, and Einstein has invited the audience over to his home to "set the record straight." Join him for an evening of humour, introspection, science, and a little violin. Find out why his theories are being proven true to this day! You'll walk away with an understanding of the man who solved many of the world's most difficult puzzles with astounding creativity and a delicious sense of humor.

WILLARD SIMMS is the author of 11 published plays, 14 produced teleplays, and two television mini-series. His play "Wright From America" won the Juneteenth National Playwriting Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of "POE!", which won the Maltese Falcon Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His one-person play "Einstein: A Stage Portrait" played Off Broadway at the American Jewish Theatre, has been produced all over the world, and was shown on USA television.

TOM SCHUCH began his formal acting training at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, a national leader in theater training. After getting his B.A. in Drama, Tom continued his studies at the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Improv Workshop in L.A. He then returned to his home in Albuquerque and helped found two regional performance troupes: Surely You Jest (comedy improv) and Shakespeare-on-the-Halfshell. Tom has appeared in numerous films and TV series including "Blood Thinner Than Water”.

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