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Elgin, IL - Vex Theatre Company announces their fall production of the Tony Award-winning play "Copenhagen" by Michael Frayn. It will be presented September 16-25, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm, at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, Elgin, IL. The play is directed by Michael Albrow, a world-renowned physicist based at Fermilab in Batavia, IL.

A Gripping Tale Based on Real Events

"Copenhagen" is an intense drama that reveals the tempestuous relationship between two brilliant scientists who held the fate of the world in their hands in 1941: physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Once friends and colleagues, these two leaders in the burgeoning field of nuclear physics found themselves on different sides of World War II. Who would win the race to develop the first atomic bomb? The Allies or Germany? This play explores the life and death decisions made by both men as they look back on the choices they made and the consequences of these actions.

A Director and a Scientist

Director Michael Albrow is well-versed in the subject matter of the play, being a physicist himself currently working at Fermilab in Batavia. Explains Albrow, "When I saw this play in London some ten years ago, where it ran for 300 performances, I was excited by how brilliantly it dealt with not only the intriguing characters of Bohr and Heisenberg, but also by the subject matter: atom bombs, quantum mechanics, and the uncertainty principle. Yet the play is appropriate for all who have interest in science or history or psychology. You don't have to be a nuclear physicist to understand the issues. There really was a meeting between these two physics giants in 1941: Bohr in occupied Denmark and Heisenberg living in Nazi Germany. What transpired between them could have changed the course of history." What transpires on stage is how they each remember it and attempt to find agreement in their memories of that famous meeting.

"Copenhagen" will be presented:
Fridays through Sundays, September 16-25, 2011
At the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, Elgin, IL.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. Tickets are $15; $12 for students and seniors.
Reservations may be made online at or by calling 847-991-8081.

"Copenhagen" is directed by Michael Albrow (Naperville), and stars Steve Blount (Wheaton) as "Niels Bohr," Susan Able Barry (Carol Stream) as "Margrethe Bohr," and Geoffrey Maher (Arlington Heights) as "Werner Heisenberg."

Vex Theatre Company was founded in 2004 in Palatine and is dedicated to bringing high quality, intimate theatre to the suburban stage. For more information, contact Vex Theatre Company at or visit