The Physicists


by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, English version by Jack Thorne
Stage rights by Diogenes Verlag AG Zürich
October 3-4 and 6-11 // 7:30 (Studio)

PHOTOS

posterThe University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance confronts the ethical responsibilities and consequences of scientific advancement in its upcoming production The Physicists adapted by Jack Thorne from Friedrich Dürrenmatt's original play. Directed by faculty member Robert Hetherington, this satiric comedy showcases the talents of many young artists as well as those of faculty member Sarah Brown (previously seen in Hayfever) as she heads up the cast as famed psychiatrist Fräulein Doctor Mathilde Von Zahnd. Shows run Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, 2014 and Monday-Saturday, Oct. 6-11 at 7:30 p.m.
Dürrenmatt's plays are parables about the modern world ruled by madmen, and like its cousin the Cold War comedy Dr. Strangelove, the very existence of the planet is at stake. In this thriller three physicists locked in an asylum are not what they appear to be, and a hunchbacked spinster psychiatrist holds the fate of the planet in her twisted fist. As Edward Snowden's weaponization of knowledge has recently instructed us, sometimes grotesque comedy becomes a horrible nightmare.

Director: BOB HETHERINGTON
Scenic Designer: BRIAN RUGGABER
Costume Designer: ASHLEY ROGERS
Lighting & Sound Designer: JOHN MCFADDEN
Technical Director: AARON BERGERON
Stage Manager: TRAVIS BLACKWELL

CAST
Fräulein Doctor Mathilde Von Zahnd: SARAH BROWN*
Johann Wilhem Möbius: DAVID COUTER
Herbert Georg Beutler ("Newton"): JUSTIN BURGESS
Ernst Heinrich Ernis ("Einstein"): JAMES KEVIN COCHRAN
Marta Boll: SARAH SOLAREZ
Monika Stettler: KATIE SLOAN
Inspector Richard Voss: NICOLAS PICOU
Guhl: JOSHUA VEGA
Blocher: IAN GOODWIN
Frau Lina Rose: MIRIAM RODRIGUEZ
Anne-Lise: MIRANDA TONKIN
Winifred-Kaspar: HEATHER GROOM
Uwe Sievers: ROMAN KALEI
Murillo: JOSH TUCKER
MacArthur: MARLON FINNIE
Irene Straub: KATIE SUGGS

*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association