A Staged Reading of the Play: Background
Wednesday, March 4
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Lone Star BC
Who Should Attend?
All are welcome.
Join us for a dramatic staged reading of Background, a play by Lauren Gunderson, performed by the Overtime Theater of San Antonio.
Based on the true story of New York Cosmologist Dr. Ralph Alpher, Background moves backwards, as does the study of the origins of the universe, to trace the path of the forgotten and unaccredited scientist, who before the technology was capable, provided the mathematical proof of the existence of Cosmic Background Radiation. Twenty years after two other scientists found the actual radiation and received Nobel Prizes for their accidental discovery, Ralph suffers a heart attack due to the stress of being snubbed. It is from this moment he traces backwards through his life and, ultimately, to the beginning of time.
The play relies on silence, pace, and metaphor to deliver a striking, sometimes mystical look into the science of behind humans, and the humanity behind a scientist.
Arranged by special permission of The Gersh Agency. After the performance, the director and actors will be available for a talk-back audience discussion.
Forum on the History of Physics (FHP)