Brian Greene and an ensemble cast perform this new theatrical work tracing Albert Einstein’s electrifying journey toward one of the most beautiful ideas ever conceived—the General Theory of Relativity.
With state-of-the-art animation and innovative projection techniques, Light Falls illuminates Einstein’s breakthrough moments, near misses, agonizing frustrations, and final emergence into the light, as one intrepid mind took on the universe…and won.
A World Science Festival Production presented by the World Science Festival Brisbane.
Written by Brian Greene
Composed by Jeff Beal
Design by 59 Productions
Directed by Scott Faris
Watch the making of Light Falls
Brian Greeneis 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.
Carl Howell is an actor and musician whose theater credits include the Tony Award–winning Peter and the Starcatcher (first national US tour). Off-Broadway, Howell has appeared in Twelfth Night (The Pearl Theatre Co.) and The Land Whale Murders. His regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night (all with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (HVSF and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra).
Angela Janas is a New York-based actor who has toured nationally with the critically acclaimed Acting Company, playing Ophelia in both Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Her other credits include: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (The Acting Company), Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, King Lear (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), In Game or Real (Guthrie Studio), and Arcadia (Nevada Conservatory Theatre).
Michael Winther’s Broadway credits include 33 Variations, Mamma Mia!, 1776, The Crucible, Artist Descending a Staircase, and Damn Yankees. Other credits include the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Next to Normal, at Baltimore/Centerstage; Rooms of Light at Peak Performances; Songs From An Unmade Bed at SubCulture,NYC; Tectonic’s The Laramie Project Cycle at BAM; My Coma Dreams in NYC, Berlin, and San Francisco; Merrily We Roll Along at City Center Encores!
Jeff Beal is an American composer with a genre-defying musical fluidity. Beal’s score and theme for Netflix House of Cards received four prime time Emmy Award nominations, and recently won outstanding score, bringing Beal’s Emmy tally to fifteen nominations and four statues.
Benjamin Pearcy joined 59 Productions in 2011 with the Broadway production of War Horse. Ben has lit or designed projections for theater, opera, and architectural projects around the world, including projections for An American in Paris (Tony Award, Best Scenic Design of a Musical), Little Dancer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Big Fish.
Tracy Dayco-founded the World Science Festival in 2008 with world-renowned physicist and best-selling author, Brian Greene. She serves as CEO, and oversees the creative and programmatic offerings of the Festival.
59 Productionscombines technology and art to tell amazing stories. Whether creating stage productions, museum installations, live music shows, large-scale events or films, 59’s team generates creative and technical ideas to help realize ambitious artistic projects.
Scott Farishas directed the arena spectacular Walking with Dinosaurs, Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace, Veronic – Voices at Bally’s, both in Las Vegas; William Shatner’s one-man show, Shatner’s World on Broadway, In Perfect Harmony at 92Y, and over 20 productions of Chicago the Musical, in at least a dozen languages around the world.