photo Merritt Brown Could the atom bomb have been avoided? Christopher Emily Coutant as Margarethe Bohr calms the moment between Michael Fox Kennedy as her husband Neils Bohr and Gregory Lesch as Werner Heisenberg explode at one other in this rehearsal moment from Michael Frayn’s award winning COPENHAGEN, now in its Second Week at the Actors Theatre Playhouse. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 20. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 on Thursdays and $15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are highly recommended. The Playhouse Toll-Free Box Office can be reached at 877-666-1855. Website: ATPlayhouse.org

The 1998 Evening Standard of London Award for Best Play of the Year, and the 2000 Tony, Drama Desk, and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. "The most invigorating and ingenious play of ideas in many a year and a work of art that humanizes physics in a way no other has done..." NY Times "The play’s balance of emotion and ideas is beautifully captured...Frayn builds a brilliant play..." The Guardian

Based on an historical event that occurred in 1941 in Copenhagen, Michael Frayn’s drama keenly explores moral responsibility and patriotism when two fellow physicists, Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr, who once worked in collaboration, are now placed on opposite sides of World War II.


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Like much of Frayn’s work, Copenhagen ripples with irony and intelligence and questions how one can stay true to science, family and friends, one’s country and one’s God when at the forefront of discovery.

"Why did he come to Copenhagen?"

The question - and opening line of Michael Frayn’s extraordinary play - is posed by Margarethe Bohr, wife of physicist Niels Bohr and one of the play’s three characters.