HOMEABOUT USWHO'S WHOJOIN OUR MAILING LISTDONATEPHOTOSART OF SCIENCE SERIESDELICIOUS COMEDY SERIESHISTORICALLY SPEAKING SERIESUNEXPLORED TERRITORY SERIESQUOTESREVIEWS2012 BENEFITFRIENDS OF BREAK A LEGPLAY SUBMISSIONSCONTACT US


The Art of Science Series

JOCELYNGHOSTS1.jpg

"NO, NO NOBEL" by David Cassidy
"No, No Nobel" was developed by Break A Leg Productions with David Cassidy
Directed by Gerald vanHeerden
 
U.S. Premiere Reading, Presented February 2nd, 2016 at the CUNY Graduate Center, NYC
 
SUEKEITH2.jpg BRUCEJODY.jpgSTEWKEITH.jpg
 
 

JODY.jpg

"No, No Nobel" is the compelling story of Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell and her journey through her attempt to receive the Nobel Prize for Science.

261small.jpg

The Orchae by Vivienne Glance
Directed by Gerald vanHeerden
 
U.S. Premiere Reading, Presented June 11, 2015 at the CUNY Graduate Center, NYC
 
This play concerns the cultivation of the rare orchids, studies of the soil of Western Australia with science affected by finance, politics and human nature.
 
 
275small.jpg289small.jpg

272small.jpg

318small.jpg377small.jpg
384small.jpg386small.jpg

einstein-eblast-resized.jpg

001-einstein-small.jpg
 
April, 2015
 
"Transcendence: Relativity And Its Discontents"
By Robert Marc Friedman
Directed by Gerald vanHeerden
 
Performed at the CUNY Graduate Center and The Unity Center of New York City
 
"Transcendence was the most enjoyable play that I have seen from the Science series. The dialogue between Einstein and the famous men he was in contact with before WW1 and continuing to after WW11 was fascinating. The Nobel Prize rejection was an eyeopener. The acting was terrific. I enjoyed every minute." - Janet Dash
 
 
 
020-einsteinsmall.jpg060-einsteinsmall.jpg
010-einsteinsmall.jpg016-einsteinsmall.jpg

fh-5.jpg

fh-3.jpg
 
fh-4.jpg 
Farm Hall

World Premiere

CUNY Grad Center, February 2013 and

Full Production

2014 Midtown International Theatre Festival

June Havoc Theatre

 

By David C. Cassidy

Directed by Gerald vanHeerden

"No, No Nobel" was developed by Break A Leg Productions with David Cassidy

 

 

It's 1945.  As atomic bombs are on their way to Japan, five top German nuclear scientists, along with their British handler, are held at an English country manor, Farm Hall.  While secret microphones record their conversations, they are unaware of why or for how long they are there.  How will these famous scientists react to the news of the atomic bombs?  How will they explain to themselves and to the world their failure to achieve even a chain reaction?  How will they attempt to explain their behavior during the Third Reich and their wartime work for such a regime?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CarlDjerassi.jpg


dna21.JPG

by Vince LiCata
"DNA Story"
April 23rd 2013
CUNY Graduate Center
Vince LiCata's new absurdist play is a stylized re-telling of the discovery of the structure of DNA. Play read by Break A Leg Productions, directed by Gerald vanHeerden.


 

Delicate_Logic.jpg

by David Cassidy
The Scan by Jascha Hoffman

Published:  New York Science Times, Tuesday, December 3, 2013
 
THEATER
 
Delicate Particle Logic:  A Staged Reading
 
by Break A Leg Productions, www.breakalegproductions.com
 
Science & the Arts, http://web.gc.cuny.edu/sciart
 
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
 
Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m.  Free.
 
Otto Hahn won a 1944 Nobel Prize for the discovery of nuclear fission, paving the way for the atomic bomb.  This staged reading depicts a triangular relationship between Hahn and the two most important women in his life:  his wife, Edith, a volatile painter, and his scientific collaborator Lise Meitner, a Jewish physicist whom some credit as fission's real discoverer, is due.  The play is built as a series of flashbacks, as Edith, confined to a mental hospital, receives a surprise visit from Lise, and the women discuss science, nuclear ethics and the sacrifices of working women in the 1940s.  The script is by Jennifer Blackmer, who nearly became an astronomer rather than a playwright.  "I wanted Lise not to come acoss as a victim of the Nazis, or as a victim of her male colleagues," she said, "but as a complex woman who was more interested in science than recognition."

And the Sun Stood Still
Sun7.JPG

Excerpts of "And the Sun Stood Still" by Dava Sobel

May 7, 2012 CUNY Graduate Center

Directed by Gerald vanHeerden

with Don Juhlin & Dave Droxler

 

 

cheryl2_027.JPG

Intelligence Slaves
Based on a true story. A concentration camp prisoner is kept
alive by the Nazis because he has invented the world's first hand-held
four function calculator. What will happen when he completes
 the invention and he becomes dispensable?  Written by Kenneth Lin


Uranium_Peaches350.jpg

Uranium + Peaches
by Peter Cook and William Lanouette

The scientist behind the bomb wants to stop it...
The politician behind the President wants to drop it...

In the dramatic and fateful confrontation between Einstein's protégé, Leo Szilard,
and Truman's mentor, Jimmy Byrnes, science battles politics
 in the timeless struggle aginst the corruption of human ingenuity. 




world_science_festival.jpgOxygen By Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann

Oxy-5-29-08.jpg


Fission
By Jacques and Olivier Treiner
Translated by Ed and Rebecca Schonberg

French father-son team Jacques and Olivier Treiner premiered a new translation
 of their prize-winning play Fission at the Art of Science Reading Series.
Staged in an airy hall of the CUNY Graduate Center, the play depicts the race
 to create an atomic bomb on both sides of the Atlantic. Fission is as much a
 celebration of scientific imagination as it is an examination of the ethical issues of one of
the most significant inventions of the twentieth century.

Moving Bodies
A staged reading of the play dramatizing the life of Nobel Prize-winning Physicist Richard Feynman
Pierre and Marie
A play about the life and times of the Curies. Based on the play, Les Palmes de M.
Schutz by Jean-Noël Fenwick and adapted by Ron Clark.

PierreMarie5.jpg

Thread of Life
Scenes from this play about Rosalind Franklin and the role she played in the
discovery of the structure of DNA performed as part of a program entitled
"Science As Performance." Written by Rita Nachtmann
 
Wide World by Lauren Gunderson
 
 Flyer by Kate Aspengren