|A City College of San Francisco Production|
Written by Judith Goldhaber and Carlton Reese Pennypacker ~ Directed by David Parr
The Departments of Theatre Arts, Music, and Dance at the City College of San Francisco, in association with The Paul Newman Foundation, bring you an original production based on the life of Professor Stephen Hawking, "Falling Through A Hole In The Air".|
The play is based on Hawking’s life when he was in his 20s, a time when he wondered if life was worth living. The musical explores Hawking’s fantasy of visiting another universe guided by his mentor, Galileo. Galileo leads Hawking into this different world where he thinks he should live to deal with having ALS (Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Beginning when Stephen is diagnosed with ALS, he meets Galileo at Verulamium Pond, who then guides him through alternate universes (each governed by different principles) trying to find a place where he can be comfortable and happy...
In act II, he travels back through time to the only place he can get REAL rest - before "the beginning"... you'll have to come to the show to know the rest!
Falling Though the Air was first presented two years ago as a workshop at City College’s Summer Opera. The musical, which was approved by Hawking, got a great response from the public. This inspired the theater arts department to present the musical as a big event this semester.
Susan Jackson Collins, chair of City College’s theater arts department, said, "It is a big-time and ambitious production between the theater arts, music and dance departments. The music and the story have been worked on (just) for this event. There will be between 30 and 50 people on stage, including musicians."
Showtimes are May 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8pm; May 10 and 17th at 2pm
For reservations call (415) 239-3100
Location: Diego Rivera Theatre at City College of SF, corner of Judson and Phelan (off Ocean Avenue).