22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
There are two things new and different about the theatre piece.
1) It is written, produced and starred by a woman who is not only an actress and performer, but also a physicist and a philosopher of science. I combine both my passions for the natural sciences and for theatre in a poetic piece, and show that you can be both an artist and a scientist. Not many theatre plays are about physics, mathematics and astronomy, especially those in which the science is not explicitly explained as in a lecture, but in which it is part of the story itself. Metaphors from physics such as the Black Hole, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Schrödinger's cat, are implicitly used to tell the story.
2) Not only it is rare that the love for theatre and physics are combined in a one-woman show. I also performed two different versions of the play at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival: a typical Dutch styled version and an American styled version. Because I worked with two different directors, first with Dutch director Sylvia Weening, and then with New York director Michael Luggio, two totally different versions of The Story of The Einstein Girl came out. They differ in acting style, format, and use of light and sound. The differences between American theatre and European theatre always open up interesting discussions about acting styles. Research has been done to apply current thinking in psychology and cognitive science to elements of the actor's process of preparing and performing a role, e.g. Richard J. Kemp: “Embodied acting: Cognitive foundations of performance (2011), Elly Konijn: “Acting Emotions” (1997). I have read these studies and I try to apply the knowledge to my own acting process.
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
Please take a look at the international Fringe Review: http://www.fringereview.co.uk/fringeReview/5101.html
I performed the show four times (in English) at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival 2012. I performed three times in New York City and more than fifteen times in the Netherlands. I would love to bring the show to the UK.
Just to give you some information about my background: I have a master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science (area Foundations of Physics) from Utrecht University and a bachelor’s degree in Astronomy from Leiden University. I also studied acting at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (the Netherlands) and at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York. In april 2012 I studied at the Malisa Theatre Academy in New York and worked on the English version The Story of The Einstein Girl with director Michael Luggio.
For more information, see www.annemariehagenaars.nl