Physicist Have Chemistry Play Explores What Happens When Fermilab Scientists Fall in Love

By Pierce, Gala M. | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), September 15, 2000 | Go to article overview

Physicist Have Chemistry Play Explores What Happens When Fermilab Scientists Fall in Love


Pierce, Gala M., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Two physicists falling in love can be more complicated than quantum physics itself.

That is the premise of "Now Then Again," the Jefferson Award- winning play that will have a one-time performance at the play's setting, Fermilab.

"It's a delightful little love story about these two physicists who get together working on a physics problem," said Fermilab physicist Morris Binkley. "He's sort of, one might say, a nerdy theoretician, and she's a gregarious student, who is basically an experimentalist."

Binkley, an experimental physicist himself, volunteered as a consultant for Chicago playwright Penny Penniston, who penned "Now Then Again."

Bailiwick Repertory Theater in Chicago delighted audiences with the romantic comedy at sold-out shows at the theater, and extended the run at the Ivanhoe Theater.

To kick off Fermilab's Art Series, the theater group will give a repeat performance of the play at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ramsey Auditorium in Wilson Hall. Enter off Kirk Road at Pine Street, Batavia.

Penniston and her husband Jeremy Wechsler, who directed the play, will give a talk before the show at 7 p.m. in room 1 West of Wilson Hall, and a post-performance reception will be held so the audience can meet the artists and some physicists.

The play won two 1999-2000 Joseph Jefferson Citation Awards in June in Chicago.

Penniston won for best new work, and Michael Rourke for lighting design. Nominated for the Chicago citations were Joseph Wycoff for actor in a principal role, and Joseph Fosco for original music.

Binkley noted that the play is a love story, but there is science lurking in the background.

"The playwright was not a scientist," Binkley said. …

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