Science, truth, and consequences in ‘Operation Epsilon’
By Don Aucoin
| Globe Staff March 19, 2013
What makes Alan Brody’s “Operation Epsilon,’’ now at the Nora Theatre Company, so engrossing is that even the 10 German scientists at its center can’t agree on the real truth of their motives. Were they merely disinterested scientists, conducting research for a “uranium machine’’ that would produce energy, or did they know all along that their work was aimed at developing an atomic bomb for Adolf Hitler?
“Satisfyingly taut and well-acted Operation Epsilon.”
“In a uniformly fine cast, there are standout performances by Will Lyman as the conscience-stricken Otto Hahn, who discovered nuclear fission; Ken Baltin as Max von Laue, baffled that he is being kept prisoner, since he opposed the Nazis and was not involved in research into uranium; Diego Arciniegas as Werner Heisenberg, whose transparent concern for his reputation makes him a lightning rod for the others’ disdain; and Robert D. Murphy as Walther Gerlach, former head of nuclear research.”
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By Alan Brody
Directed by Andy Sandberg
March 7 – April 28, 2013
Presented by The Nora Theatre Company,
a project of Catalyst Collaborative@MIT
It’s the close of World War II – the dawn of the atomic age. The Allies have captured Germany’s top ten nuclear scientists and sequestered them at Farm Hall- a lavish estate in England – keeping them under surveillance to learn what they know about the American nuclear program and to gauge how close the Nazis were to making an atomic bomb. Nine of these men, including Nobel Prize winners Otto Hahn and Werner Heisenberg, are known as Hitler’s “Uranium Club.” Based on actual transcripts of secretly recorded conversations, playwright Alan Brody illuminates the ethical complexity of pursuing scientific discovery at the risk of wreaking catastrophic consequences.
“The Nora Theatre Company is honored to be presenting the World Premiere of our friend, Alan Brody’s Operation Epsilon which enjoyed a staged reading presented by Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, here in 2008. The complex ethical questions about innovation in the pursuit of science but at the expense of our humanity are questions which are as relevant today as when the German scientists were secretly recorded at the end of World War II.”
Mary C. Huntington, Artistic Director, The Nora Theatre Company
Central Square Theater
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139