Thursday, November 16, 2006

Announcement: Vine Entertainment-The Blue Room

The play The Blue Room by David Hare, starts Nov 17 at
The Vine Entertainment
1337 Ocean Ave., Ste. B
Santa Monica, CA. 90401
Ph: 310.587.2324

This information was provided to me by Mark Parrish,

The Vine Entertainment produces plays, television, and indie films; information at this website.

As I live on the East Coast I cannot attend this right away, but I hope it will come to the East Coast, or become available on a DVD. (I am waiting for DVD's on a few other indie films that I missed at festivals, such as "Camp Out"; I check Netflix frequently and often use the "saved" feature.)

Small item: (2/26/2007)

A Jeopardy contestant (on ABC) told host Alex Trebek that he played Santa in a children's play called "Shape Up Santa" where the jolly man has to shed weight to fit into a chimney. Music for it is here.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Copenhagen, by Michael Frayn

On my last day as a substitute teacher in December 2005, I got to show, to an honors chemistry class, one of my favorite "films." Actually, it is a 2002 BBC television adaptation of Michael Frayn's stage play "Copenhagen", published in book format by Anchor in 2000 (check Amazon, ISBN 0385720793). The television show starts with a twenty-minute prologue with the playwright talking about the fabled meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in 1941. (Stephen Rea and Daniel Craig play the parts in the TV docudrama, directed and adapted by Howard Davies).

The play is important because it presents a serious ethical problem. Heisenberg had made an "intellectual discovery" that could give the owner of the knowledge the ability to make an atomic bomb. If he gave it to Hitler, then Hitler could win the war. Now, the moral problem, and the reason science teachers like to show this film to more advanced students, is that, while we "own" our discoveries in an intellectual property sense, there sometimes can be consequences for "publishing" the discovery.

I my circumstances, there were extra reasons why this was an ironic duty on the last day of teaching.

More background is here.