Thursday, January 10, 2013; 6:30 p.m.
Location: Jonathan Frost Gallery, Winter Street, Rockland, Maine
Contact: Camden Conference; 207-236-1034
ROCKLAND, Maine — With a staged reading of British playwright Michael Frayn’s 2000 Tony Award-winning play, “Copenhagen, the Camden Conference community events series examines the origins of today’s nuclear dilemma in the Middle East through a window on the scientific and moral dilemmas of the physicists whose discoveries led to the development of the atom bomb during World War II.
In the play, Frayn imagines the repartee between Danish physicist Niels Bohr and German physicist Werner Heisenberg on a night in 1941 when Heisenberg makes a surprise visit to Copenhagen from Munich, where he is working on the German nuclear program. The playwright examines the love, betrayal, jealousy and competition between the two former colleagues who are now officially enemies, and it raises questions about the moral responsibility of scientists in the nuclear age.
Performed by veteran local actors Dean Jorgenson, Peter Conant and Elisabeth Goodridge, the event is directed by Eileen Wilkinson. Camden Conference partner The Penobscot School in Rockland provided rehearsal space.
The staged reading of Copenhagen will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at at the Jonathan Frost Gallery, Winter Street in Rockland; at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Belfast; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. This event is free and open to all.