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Feb. 20, 2004


UW-River Falls Theatre to Perform 'Copenhagen'

The UW-River Falls Theatre will perform the play "Copenhagen" in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building Feb 26-28 and March 4-6. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Adult tickets are $7; student and senior tickets are $3. The play is for mature audiences only.

"Copenhagen," by Michael Frayn, is based on the 1941 historical meeting between prominent Danish physicist Niels Bohr and the German physicist heading Hitler's nuclear research project, Werner Heisenberg. UW-RF theatre Professor James Zimmerman will direct.

Heisenberg, one of the most gifted modern physicists, was neither a Nazi nor a Nazi sympathizer. The play looks at why he stayed in socialist Germany for 12 years, sought a prominent academic position in Berlin that included the scientific directorship of nuclear fission research for the German army and the purpose behind his visit to his former colleague, Bohr.

Zimmerman said the play causes people to think; he considers it a "wonderful mind candy experience."

"In a way it is a mystery as they seek to solve what actually took place, but beyond that it is an examination of perceptions, subjectivity in our interpretations, history, scientific advancements and self-examination, all wrapped up in a true story that took place during World War II," Zimmerman said.

The cast has been rehearsing five nights a week for the past month. UW-RF students involved include actors Marissa Olson, a junior from Fridley, Minn.; Brad Jennings, a junior from Chetek; and Nathan Messina-Anderson, a junior from Madison. Crew members include stage manager/assistant director Rachel Burandt, a junior from Woodbury, Minn., publicity director Hope Yeager, a senior from River Falls, and shop foreman Wayne Yeager, a senior from River Falls.

Theatre Professor Robin Murray is working with costumes and theatre Professor Kenneth Stofferahn is working with scenes and lighting

. For those interested in learning more about "Copenhagen," a symposium is scheduled for opening night that will discuss the historical, scientific and artistic aspects of the show.

Speakers include history Professor Ed Peterson, physics Professor Eileen Korenic and Zimmerman. The symposium is free and open to the public. Anyone attending it will receive $1 off the ticket price to "Copenhagen." It will be held at 4 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre.

Also, anyone attending "Copenhagen" will receive a $2 discount for the River Falls Community Theatre dessert theatre at the River Falls Golf Club.

For ticket information, contact the box office at 715/425-3114. For more information about the "Copenhagen" symposium, contact Zimmerman at 715/425-4288.

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