In the spring of 2001, the Mark Taper Forum (in Los Angeles)
staged "QED", a play based on the writings of Richard Feynman.
Alan Alda starred as Feynman and did a great job. The play premiered on
Thursday, March 23, and after the play the theatre hosted soiree for invited
guests. Here are a few photos from that evening, courtesy of Friend of
Tuva Deanne Impey. (Click on any of the images for an enlargement.)
||Several Friends of Tuva pose for a
photo; we see Dabney Zorthian, Russ, Jirayr Zorthian, Deanne, Nicole
Leighton, Ralph and Richard.
||Ralph and Phoebe pause for a photo
with Russ from Toronto and Deanne from Winnipeg.
||Alan Alda always has time for a
photo with Canadians.
||Jirayr Zorthian (see "Surely
You're Joking, Mr Feynman!") chats with Alan Alda.
Here's one of the early announcements about the play.
A new play
By Peter Parnell
Inspired by the writings of Richard Feynman
And Ralph Leighton's Tuva or Bust!
Directed by Gordon Davidson
It is high adventure of the mind and spirit, overflowing with
intellectual curiosity and fun!
"I hope you can accept Nature as She is -- absurd.
I'm going to have fun telling you about this absurdity, because I find it
Alan Alda brings to life Richard Feynman, the genius behind QED,
quantum electrodynamics, which Feynman called "the strange theory of light
and matter". Richard Feynman was one of the greatest physicists of
the 20th century -- from his work on the atomic bomb to his simple solution to
the puzzle of the Challenger disaster, Feynman helped shape the world as we know
it and helped the average person better understand photons, quarks and
gluons. Nobel laureate, Caltech professor, iconoclastic icon, caring
family man, amateur artist, safecracker and bongo player, Feynman was a
multitalented man of infinite dimensions and enchanting humor. Outrageous
and courageous, Feynman's life was very much like his view of Nature --
tantalizing and captivatingly absurd.