Scottsdale meets Dr. Strangelove

I’ve got L.A. on the brain this week as Lizabeth prepares for West Coast audition travels. While she’s readying for the trip, L.A. Theatre Works will be performing at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

They’ll present “The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb” based on Peter Goodchild’s biography of Teller this Thursday (Feb 10) at 7:30pm.

Susan Albert Loewenberg is the producing director for this “classic black comedy” you may know from the 1964 film directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Teller was “a Hungarian-born physicist who believed in peace through strength.” His life and times, and his work on nuclear weapons, make for fascinating historical and theatrical fare.

Folks who register can learn acting tips from L.A. Theatre Works cast members Thursday afternoon. Lizabeth would love to attend, but I suspect the ASA theater teachers whose classes she’s missed while auditioning in NYC would rather see her smiling face over at Phoenix Theatre.

Happily, we own a radio — which means we can tune to broadcasts of L.A. Theatre Works productions.

Finally, something that doesn’t involve a chalkboard and little cut out figures strung together to form conspiracy theories and end of days scenarios.

Fond as I am of radio broadcasts, I’m delighted by the opportunity to see a live production featuring this non-profit media arts organization devoted to presenting, preserving and disseminating classic and contemporary plays.

Their distinguished company members are too numerous to name here. But think John Lithgow and Annette Benning. Hilary Swank and Ed Asner. Neil Patrick Harris and Hector Elizondo.

Cast members for this production include John Getz (Oppenheimer), who is featured in the film “The Social Network,” as well as John Vickery (Teller), who was the original Scar in “The Lion King” on Broadway.

There’s also Michael Canavan (“Bones,” “Big Love,” “Mad Men” and more) and Geoffrey Wade (“Law & Order,” “Bold and the Beautiful” and more).

L.A. Theatre Works’ outreach efforts benefit all sorts of audiences — from Americans living in rural communities to students studying in underfunded classrooms. They also house a huge collection of recorded plays.

Original docu-dramas produced by L.A. Theatre Works include “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial” and “Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers.”

Recently I heard an education expert address the need to return science and art to equal footing with math and language in American classrooms.

This play, and other L.A. Theatre Works offerings, do a brilliant job of elevating both art and science — and demonstrating the natural connections between the two.

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about American physicist Edward Teller (1908-2003) — and check back later today for a post on ASU’s “Dreaming Darwin.”

Coming up: Musings of a “negligent” stage mother, Fun with fruit, Artsy alternatives to those pesky “pajamagrams”


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