The Physicists | Columbia Stages 2013-14

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The Physicists, written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and translated by James Kirkup, was part of the 2013-14 Columbia Stages season. MFA candidate Sina Heiss directed the show, which ran from January 22 - 25, 2014. The play is set in the well-funded Swiss asylum of Les Cerisiers, where nurses have been meeting violent deaths at the hands of two lunatics who call themselves Newton and Einstein and their fellow inmate, physicist Johann Möbius, who knows more than he is willing to share. The satiric comedy was written in the early 1960s at the height of the Cold War, and offers a sly and unnervingly relevant take on the misuse of power and knowledge.


Lia Bonfilio

Ben Compton
Dianne Diep
Matthew Dunivan
Tim Elliott
Chris Holland
Cameron Jefts
Miranda Kahn
Toby Knops
Brian Keith MacDonald*
Jon L. Peacock
Alexander Reed
Aubrey Lace Taylor
Vanessa Winkle

Production Team

Producer - Mia Shen
Dramaturg - Ashley Minihan
Choreography - Lia Bonfilio
Scenic & Prop Design - Evelien Stichelmeyer
Lighting Design - Daisy Long
Costume Design - Brooke Cohen
Sound Design - Manuel Mitterhuber
Video Design - Florian Hackl
Sound Engineer - Grant Jefferson
Vocal Arranger - Regina Mallinger
Production Stage Manager - Jenny Ainsworth
Assistant Stage Manager - Kate Dial, Alayna Graziani
Company Manager - Polina Bogacheva

*Appeared Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
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