• A sleeping Einstein (Robert Najarian) listens to the whispers of  dreamtellers (Debra Wise & Steven Barkhimer) in the production of

    A sleeping Einstein (Robert Najarian) listens to the whispers of dreamtellers (Debra Wise & Steven Barkhimer) in the production of "Einstein's Dreams," produced by the Catalyst Collaborative at MIT.

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'Einstein's Dreams' opens as part of science festival

A sleeping Einstein (Robert Najarian) listens to the whispers of  dreamtellers (Debra Wise & Steven Barkhimer) in the production of "Einstein's Dreams," produced by the  Catalyst Collaborative at MIT.


The Catalyst Collaborative at MIT (CC@MIT), a collaboration of MIT and the Underground Railway Theater, will present its first fully staged production, "Einstein's Dreams," a dramatization of the 1992 novel by Alan Lightman, MIT physicist and adjunct professor of humanities. It was adapted for the stage by David Alford and Brian Niece.

The production is being presented as part of the MIT Museum's inaugural Cambridge Science Festival (April 21-29), a celebration of the impact of science and technology on our lives.

Performances of "Einstein's Dreams" begin Thursday, April 19, at MIT's Broad Institute auditorium, 7 Cambridge Center, and run through Sunday, April 29.

Directed by Wes Savick, the production will feature Boston actors Robert Najarian (Albert Einstein), Steven Barkhimer and Debra Wise.

Postperformance discussions will feature an array of prominent artists and scientists, including Alan Lightman; John Durant, director of the MIT Museum; Claude Canizares, professor of physics and vice president for research; Jerome Friedman, professor of physics and 1990 Nobel laureate; Alan Guth, the V.F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics; and Paula Apsell, executive producer, NOVA, and director of the WGBH science unit.

Tickets are $18 general admission or $12 for students and seniors and will be available starting March 26 at the Cambridge Science Festival. The show is recommended for ages 10 and older.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 11, 2007 (download PDF).


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