Queensland Museum

Dear Albert – Friday night – SOLD OUT

11/03/2016 Playhouse QPAC


Playhouse QPAC


Corner Melbourne St and Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101




20:00 - 21:30


Adult: $60 Concession: $50
Alan Alda Participant Alan Alda
Brian Greene Participant Brian Greene
Jason Klarwein Performer Jason Klarwein
Anna McGahan Performer Anna McGahan
Christen O'Leary Performer Christen O'Leary
Sean Mee Director Sean Mee

Purchase tickets to 11 March & 12 March performances here.

Dear Albert, written by Alan Alda and performed by an ensemble cast, delves into Albert Einstein’s personal correspondence, tracing an intimate and unfamiliar line across his life and work.

Unquestionably one of the greatest – if not the greatest – minds of the 20th century, Einstein was as celebrated for his wit as for his Theory of Relativity.

The reading humanises a giant in the pantheon of great scientists and sheds light upon his momentous scientific insights through first-hand accounts of ground breaking discoveries.

Following this performance (Friday evening) of Dear Albert, Alan Alda will be joined on stage by Brian Greene to discuss the life and work of Albert Einstein.

Dear Albert is a World Science Festival production, presented by the World Science Festival Brisbane in conjunction with Queensland Theatre Company.

This reading for the stage, written by Alan Alda, will be performed by an ensemble cast. Following this performance, Alan Alda will be joined on stage by Brian Greene to discuss the life and work of Albert Einstein.

Alan Alda, a seven-time Emmy Award winner best known for his leading role in M*A*S*H, has starred in, written, and directed many films; hosted scientific television series’; won the 2010 Kavli Science Journalism Award; and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator.

He has won a suite of awards for his public service to science, and is currently a visiting Professor at Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognised for a number of ground-breaking discoveries in superstring theory.

His books have earned him a place on the New York Times bestseller list; a finalist position for the Pulitzer Prize; and a reputation as being the ‘single best explainer of abstruse ideas in the world today’.

Greene has appeared on top rating television shows, and has won Emmy and Peabody awards for his NOVA TV specials. Greene is co-director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics (ISCAP); and is the co-founder of the World Science Festival.


Sean Mee began his professional career at La Boite Theatre in 1976 in the Early Childhood Drama Project, a Theatre-in-Education team for pre-schoolers. From 1981 – 1985, he was a member of TN! Theatre Company as an actor, director and writer. He was Artistic Coordinator of TN!2, a training ensemble that devised and toured productions to remote Queensland communities from 1986 – 1990. From 1990 – 1998, Sean taught within the QUT Academy of the Arts as an Associate Lecturer. From October 2000 to 2008, Sean was Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre Company during which time the Company moved from the Hale Street venue to the Roundhouse Theatre at the QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove. Sean was honoured to be chosen as the QUT Outstanding Alumni for Creative Industries in 2008. Currently, Sean is a Senior Lecturer in Drama within the Creative Industries Faculty QUT.

Meet the cast

Jason Klarwein  will next be seen in Illusion 5 for Hoodlum and most recently appeared in the AACTA winning Foxtel’s series, Devil’s Playground, which picks up the story of Fred Schepisi’s classic feature The Devil’s Playground. Jason’s other television credits include ABC’s Australia Remembers, Network Ten’s Cybergirl, the final series of Sea Patrol on the Nine Network, and the FOX8 series, SLiDE.

Jason is a seasoned theatre performer and has appeared in many productions for the Queensland Theatre Company including Fractions, Elizabeth, Almost by a Chance a Woman, Macbeth, Thom Pain, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bash, Mad Hercules, God is a DJ, The Skin of our Teeth, Phaedra, The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, Shopping and F$$$ing, The Works, The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, An Oak Tree, Design for Living, in the title role in Macbeth by UK acclaimed director Michael Attenborough, and most recently The Seagull and The Odd Couple.

Anna McGahan is a 2010 graduate of QUT and her break through television role was in Foxtel’s Spirited, other key television credits include; House Husbands, Underbelly Razor, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Anzac Girls, and The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Anna’s key theatre credits include: the role of Portia in Queensland’s La Boite’s Theatre Company’s production of Julius Caesar, Clara in the World Premiere tour of Queensland Theatre Company & Black Swan Theatre Company’s production of Managing Carmen and Sydney Theatre Company’s The Effect.

Anna’s film credits 100 Bloody Acres for which she was nominated for Best Actress in the Australian Film Critics Association Awards. She can next be seen in the film Mormon Yankees: Spirit of The Game.

Christen O’Leary is no stranger to the Queensland Theatre Company with her last two productions being Ladies In Black and The Seagull. Prior she performed in La Boite Theatre Company’s Medea and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in 2014 she toured with HIT Productions in their one woman show Bombshells.

Christen has performed in many Queensland Theatre Company productions including Gloria, The Cherry Orchard, The Game of Love and Chance, The Marriage of Figaro, The Beaux Stratagem, Gilgamesh, The Threepenny Opera, The Woman Before and the premiere production of Wesley Enoch’s The Sunshine Club.

With the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company and the Malthouse Theatre. Christen was recently seen on the small screen in the internationally acclaimed drama Wentworth. She has also appeared in other television series including Neighbours, Rush and Blue Heelers.

Christen has won a Matilda Award for her role as ‘Judy Garland’ in End of the Rainbow for Queensland Performing Arts Centre as well as receiving a Helpmann Award nomination. She won a Helpmann Award for her performance in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and has been nominated for Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd and Urinetown The Musical. She has been nominated for seven Greenroom Awards, winning twice for her work in A Little Night Music and Company.

Playhouse QPAC

Corner Melbourne St and Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101