We welcome back alumnus Ira Murfin. Ira brought with him a theater group from Chicago On Saturday, March 14, 2009, the group will present the world premiere performance of “Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment at the urban design project”.
Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment is a collaboratively generated performance inspired by the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the urban laboratory Arcosanti.
This original multi-media, interdisciplinary work sets scientific experimentation, Congressional testimony, and old-fashioned magic tricks down in the middle of Arcosanti’s unique architectural environment.
Inspired by the discovery that The Tempest was among the literary texts discussed by scientists at Los Alamos, the performance investigates historical and fictional characters who retreated from civilization in order to re-imagine it, working in geographic isolation to create books and bombs with the potential to change the world.
Theoretical Isolation: A Post-Atomic Experiment focuses on two of these individuals: J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who oversaw the Manhattan Project, and Prospero, Shakespeare’s most famous magician.
The performance is at 7:00pm, admission is free. Arrive at 5:00 p.m. for a tour of Arcosanti ($10 suggested donation) and pre-show activities. A dinner buffet is available for $8.95 at 6:00 p.m. in the Arcosanti Café. The performance begins promptly at 7:00pm.