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THE STORY: Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman holds forth with captivating wit and wisdom in this fascinating play that originally starred Alan Alda. One of the twentieth century’s great physicists, Feynman was also one of its great eccentrics. Not only did he develop the atomic bomb and quantum electrodynamics, but he played the bongos, frequented topless bars and relished his bit parts in university theatricals. With the magnetic Feynman at the center of an exquisitely realized universe, QED exerts an irresistible gravitational pull.

“Who knew quantum electrodynamics could be so much fun?” —NY Post. “…a seductive mix of science, human affections, moral courage, and comic eccentricity…” —NY Magazine. “The play itself is a kind of proof, dramatically illustrating how a man who happens to be a genius elegantly and movingly works through the human problem of how to face the end of his life…” —The New Yorker. “The second act is about the personal life of everybody in the audience, not just Feynman’s life alone. It’s also theirs.” —Alan Alda.

John Evans French will direct this amazing script by Peter Parnell.   The graphic in the logo above is known as a Feynman Diagram and demonstrates the scientist’s groundbreaking work in QED.   Christopher Key will play Feynman and Savanna Balfour will play Miriam Field, a graduate student.

For the first time, FKP will produce a show in the wonderful Harold and Irene Walton space at the Mount Baker Theatre.  Showtimes: 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 6; 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 7; 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 8.  Mount Baker Theatre will handle the ticketing: (360) 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com/.

 

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THE STORY:  Four young musicians band (sic) together in the 1960s to play British Invasion covers.  Like most such bands, this one endured poverty, privation and (gasp) day jobs.  Unlike most such bands, they stayed together for more than half a century because they loved music and they loved to perform.

Now, one of them resides in an Assisted Living Facility.  As the band gathers to celebrate his birthday, the story of their struggles through the years is told in a series of flashbacks.  The amazing score follows the twists and turns of rock from the Beatles to Bieber with many nostalgic stops along the way.

This is not just a story of a generation, this is THE story of a generation told in words and song.  Book by Mike Rostron; music and lyrics by Mike Rostron, Jim Nelson and Lesley Rostron.  Christopher Key will direct and John Evans French will music direct with a full rock ensemble onstage.

From the creative team that brought you the sci-fi rock musical Evermore, another world premiere rock musical coming in May, 2016, to the Syre Theatre at Whatcom Community College.

 

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This delightful script was written by Spokane playwright Craig Rickett.  It offers some rare roles for older women and is full of sly humor.  FKP will be producing the Western Washington premiere in summer or fall of 2016.

 

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