"Dava Sobel’s thoughtful play brings to life the story of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and mathematician who proposed the heliocentric model of the universe in which the Sun stands at the center. Plagued by self-doubt and threatened by religious censure, Copernicus resisted the publication of his work until just before his death in 1543. The play follows Copernicus in those final years as he works to complete his research with the help of Georg Rheticus, a young disciple from Wittenberg, Germany.
Includes a conversation with playwright Dava Sobel, author of “A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.”
Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in February, 2015.
And the Sun Stood Still is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series of science-themed plays. Lead funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, bridging science and the arts in the modern world.
Directed by Rosalind Ayres
Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg
Robert Foxworth as Copernicus
Gregory Harrison as Giese
Michael Kirby as Rheticus
Kate Steele as Anna
John Vickery as Bishop Dantsicus
Associate Producers: Anna Lyse Erikson, Myke Weiskopf.
Recording Engineer, Sound Designer, Mixer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.
Editor: Wes Dewberry"
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"A mathematical genius and astronomer who wrote in Latin and spoke six languages, Nicolaus Copernicus was a true Renaissance man. However, there was one thing he knew to be true that his faith would not allow him say: The earth orbits the sun. Portraying the Polish-Catholic Copernicus and the German-Lutheran Rheticus, a young astronomer sent to debate the old man, capable veteran Robert Foxworth and newcomer Michael Kirby have a fine time sparring over the mysterious details of gravity, the unfathomable distance to the stars, and whether Copernicus's scientific findings could possibly be part of God's plan. This enlightening and educational L.A. Theatre Works production is part of their Relativity Series, which encourages "science-themed" plays. B.P. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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