Science On Stage: A Local Theatre Producer's Love Of Physics

Sep 12, 2013

Al Scheider portrays Richard Feynman in QED: A Play, now at the Hoogland Center for the Arts
Credit Dynamic Patterns Theatre/Donna Lounsberry

Matthew Dearing says theatregoers don't need to study Quantum Electrodynamics in order to enjoy a show about the man behind the theory.

Dearing is directing QED: A Play, which stars Decatur actor Al Scheider as theoretical physicist Richard Feynman.  Feynman helped develop the atomic bomb.  He also gained notoriety in the 1980s as a member of the panel that investigated NASA after the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

Dearing, c0-producer of Dynamic Patterns Theatre Company, says his own background in physics inspired him to bring the show - and a panel of local experts - to stages in Jacksonville, Decatur and Springfield. 

Matthew Dearing told us on Illinois Edition he decided to launch the "Science at the Theatre" series to inspire people in the area to become passionate about physics and other areas of scientific study.

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