"Copenhagen": Performance of Michael Frayn's 1998 play


Date and Time

December 1, 2011 8:00 PM - December 2, 2011 4:00 PM
December 2, 2011 8:00 PM - December 3, 2011 4:00 PM


Open to the public.

No RSVP required


Pigott Theater, Stanford

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Performance of Michael Frayn's 1998 play. Scott Sagan will introduce the Saturday, December 3 performance.

Open to the public, requires a ticket purchase at:http://www.stanford.edu/dept/drama/1112_events/copenhagen.html

  • Winner of three 2000 Tony Awards, including Best Play
  • Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play
  • Winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle for Best Play

Presented by McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society as part of the Ethics & War Events Series, in collaboration with Stanford Summer Theater and Stanford Drama. Directed by Stanford Summer Theater Artistic Director and Stanford Professor of Drama and Classics, Rush Rehm. Starring Bay Area professionals Julian Lopez-Morillas, Peter Ruocco, and Courtney Walsh

In 1941, German physicist Werner Heisenberg visited his Danish counterpart Niels Bohr in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen, where they discussed the development of nuclear weapons. What really happened in their encounter? Given the unreliability of memory, the indeterminacy of personal motives, and the uncertainty at the core of things, how can we ever know? Frayn’s Copenhagen asks impossible questions, and – with the nuclear threat still over us – demands that we find the answers.

This production is made possible in part by the Stanford Institute for Creativity in the Arts (SiCa) and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC).

  • "The most invigorating and ingenious play of ideas in many a year. An electrifying work of art." -The New York Times
  • "Superb. Dynamic." -The New Yorker
  • "Gripping. A brilliant play." -London Guardian
  • "The word 'tremendous' is often used but seldom deserved. In this case it is. Copenhagen is an intellectual and theatrical tour de force." -London Times

For additional information on the series, please visit the Stanford Ethics and War series website.

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