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March 10, 2009

Playing the role of Albert Einstein by Randy Risher

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 1:40 pm

If you were to look up the word “irony” in the dictionary, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility to find a picture of Albert Einstein along with it. I have never easily understood Mathematics and Science, but throughout my preparation on playing the role of Einstein, I have found myself perpetually enlightened by the revelations of this quirky, impudent, rebel of a genius. And much to my delight, I’ve discovered that modern science isn’t necessarily to be understood only by the scientific mind; my brain appears to grasp previously elusive ideas and theories, when proposed in “relativity”.

 When rehearsal began, Julian had me play the role of Einstein from a cartoon character perspective. That characterization constantly morphed until we realized that a more realistic approach was what would work best. Experimenting is an incredibly fun way to find a character. I’ve already had the opportunity to become a zany Einstein, a pensive Einstein, a quiet Einstein, a skittish Einstein and more. And we haven’t even opened yet! Thanks to Charleston Stage and Julian for this opportunity. The cast and crew are amazing. Audiences are going to be incredibly entertained by this brilliant play.  


 (Randy Risher as Albert Einstein)

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