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SSU Theatre Department open season with “The Physicists”

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The Shawnee State University Theatre Department presents the first play of the season, a dark comedy “The Physicists” in the Kahl Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-28, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Oct. 3-5.


The play centers on three physicists who are in a mental hospital. One of the physicists claims he is Isaac Newton, another believes he is Einstein and the third one believes he is Mobius.


The scene opens in the drawing room of the expensive sanatorium where a nurse lies dead, strangled, and her murderer, who believes he is Einstein, plays the Kreutzer Sonata in the next room. A police investigation is under way.


“The Physicists” has a bizarre beginning that explores the boundaries of madness and sanity, and the responsibility of the scientist in society.


As the play progresses, it is revealed that none of the men are insane but one is a genius physicist that the other two want to kidnap because of the possible consequences of his discoveries that could change or possibly destroy the world.


The Swiss author, Friedrich Durrenmatt, wrote several plays including “It is Written” that caused such controversy that people were fighting in the audience on opening night. “The Physicists” is considered to be his best play.


General admission is $10. For seniors, faculty and staff, the cost is $8 and for students, $3.


Tickets may be purchased at the McKinley Box Office in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling 740-351-3600.

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