Andy Sandberg to Stage World Premiere of Operation Epsilon
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award-winning director/producer Andy Sandberg will helm the world premiere of Alan Brody's drama Operation Epsilon for the Nora Theatre Company in early 2013.
Located in Cambridge, MA, the Nora Theatre Company will present the premiere that runs March 7-April 28, 2013. The company previously developed the play as part of its 2008 Catalyst Collaborative@MIT.
Casting for the Nora production has not been announced.
A recent New York reading featured Tony winner Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Evita), Drama Desk nominee Alexander Gemignani (Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Assassins), Michael Izquierdo (New Jerusalem), Drama Desk winner Byron Jennings (The Merchant of Venice, Sight Unseen), Ian Kahn (Enron, Still Life), Greg Keller (Smudge), Jay Klaitz (Lend Me a Tenor, Rock of Ages), Drama Desk winner Lorenzo Pisoni (Equus, Humor Abuse), James Rebhorn (Twelve Angry Men, "Independence Day), Brian Russell (The Farnsworth Invention) and Kenneth Tigar (Translations).
Tony-nominated producer Ellen Berman (Enchanted April) presented the two New York readings of the play. A workshop production also took place at the Asolo Rep Theatre in 2011.
Here's how it's billed: "The play is a true story based on the transcripts from Operation Epsilon at Farm Hall, 1945. It's the close of World War II – the dawn of the atomic age. The Allies have captured Germany's top ten nuclear scientists and sequestered them at Farm Hall– a lavish estate in England – keeping them under surveillance to learn what they know about the American nuclear program and to gauge how close the Nazis are to making an atomic bomb. Nine of these men, including Nobel Prize winners Otto Hahn and Werner Heisenberg, are known as Hitler's 'Uranium Club.' Based on actual transcripts of secretly recorded conversations, playwright Alan Brody illuminates the ethical complexity of pursuing scientific discovery at the risk of wreaking catastrophic consequences."
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