The cast of Operation Epsilon | Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography
IRNE, Independent Reviewers of New England, awarded The Nora Theatre Company’s production of Alan Brody’s Operation Epsilon four awards.
1. Best New Play, Midsize Theatre
2. Best Set Design, Midsize Theatre, Janie E. Howland
3. Best Ensemble, Midsize Theatre
4. Best Director, Midsize Theatre, Andy Sandberg
The Boston Globe enthusiastically reviewed the play on its world premiere in March of 2013. The reviewer, Don Aucoin, described the play as “engrossing .. satisfyingly taut and well-acted…uniformly fine cast… with standout performances, this fine play… etc.”
About the play: The play is based on real events. 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 are 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.
About Alan Brody: Professor Brody is an accomplished playwright; his plays have won numerous awards and had productions at such theaters as the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Aspen Playwrights Conference, the Live Oak Theater in Austin, Texas, the Berkshire Theater Festival, and Theater Forty in Beverly Hills. His play, Invention for Fathers And Sons, was the first winner of the annual Rosenthal Award at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 1989. It was subsequently produced at the American Jewish Theater in New York City. The Company of Angels was the recipient of the 1990 Eisner Award from the Streisand Center for Jewish Culture in Los Angeles. It had its world premiere at the New Repertory Theater in Massachusetts in the spring of 1993, and has been produced at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York and Theater Emory in Atlanta. The Housewives of Mannheim was cited as the Best Play of 1995 at the Harvest Festival of Plays at the Live Oak Theater in Austin, Texas and was produced at the Playwright’s Theater, Boston, in January 1998. Three of his plays, Five Scenes From Life, Greytop in Love and One-on-One were developed at the Missouri Repertory Theater. Greytop in Love was subsequently seen at the Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia, in 1998 starring Kim Hunter. The dramatic oratorio, Reckoning Time: A Song of Walt Whitman, which he wrote in collaboration with composer Peter Child, had its world premiere at Jordan Hall with the John Oliver Chorale in March of 1995. Among his credits as a director are Vinie Burrows’ internationally acclaimed one-woman show, Sister! Sister! and the world premieres of two operas, T.J. Anderson’s Soldier Boy, Soldier and Ken Guilmartin’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Mr. Brody is also the author of two novels, Coming To (1973) and Hey Lenny, Hey Jack (1975).