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Hawking's Dream

Hawking's Dream
Your Price: $18.99 CDN
Last Copy!
Author: Erwin Riess
Translated by: Penny Black
Publisher: Oberon Modern Plays
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 72
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 1840020393
ISBN-13: 9781840020397
Cast Size: 3 female, 5 male

About the Play:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Hawking's Dream is a full-length drama by Erwin Riess, translated by Penny Black. Subtitled The Grand Unified Quantum Theory Of Human Gravity, the play is a satirical look at recent social and political developments in Europe taking the form of one of Stephen Hawking's dreams.

Hawking's Dream is bold and darkly funny. Stephen Hawking is a world famous professor and astro-physicist, but what does he dream about? Sex amongst the stars, inflatable whales and powerful, nightmarish figures from politics and industry campaigning to introduce euthanasia into Europe. Erwin Riess, himself confined to a wheelchair, takes a satirical look at social and political developments – especially, the reappearance of policies from Europe's darkest hour – policies which, in the 1930s, caused the enforced exile of Sigmund Freud to Britain.

Hawking's Dream was first performed in 2000 at Theatro Technis, a premier fringe theatre in central London.

Cast: 3 female, 5 male

What people say:

"A wild, cosmic comedy." — ORF (Austrian TV)

"Hard-hitting and moving." — Zurich Tagesanzeiger

About the Playwright:

Erwin Riess is an Austrian playwright and dramatist. Born in Vienna, he attended school in Krems, Austria and later returned to Vienna to study policy and theatre science. In 1983 he was confined to a wheelchair after the discovery of a back tumor, and feels this has enabled him to write – often satirically. He has since been active in disability campaigns and humanitarian efforts to improve living conditions for disabled persons in Austria. He is a free-lance writer providing material for many magazines and newspapers and writing theatrical works, many of which have been performed internationally. Based on the life of Stephen Hawking, Hawking's Dream is arguably his most famous and well-received work.

Penny Black attended drama school in Vienna, where she learned her German. Since returning to the UK she has translated over 40 plays for a variety of theatres such as the Royal Court, the Gate, National Theatre International Connections, Lyric Hammersmith, White Bear, Arcola, Etcetera Theatre as well as venues in America and Australia. She has also translated books for young people and an autobiography and has written two stage plays. She lives in London.