Join us for this very special presentation in the Marston Exploration Theater this coming weekend!
Twenty-five years ago, a slim book by British physicist Stephen Hawking attempted to explain in layman’s terms such cosmic quagmires as the Big Bang, black holes, quarks, and even the possibility of time travel. A Brief History of Time sold more than 10 million copies. Now, ASU associate professor Lance Gharavi has created a unique work to mark the volume’s silver anniversary.
A Brief Anniversary of Time is a one-man show written, directed and performed by Gharavi that will be held, most appropriately, in the planetarium of the Marston Exploration Theater. The performance will incorporate 3D media and sound through the use of Marston’s state-of-the-art stereoscopic projection system, witnessed by the audience members who will be wearing 3D glasses. The play tells the story of three generations — grandfather, father and son — and ponders human questions of life, loss, and time, juxtaposed against the vast spacescape of Hawking’s book.
“Using planetarium technology to create a story is marvelous and exciting,” says Gharavi, who teaches theatre and performance at SoFTD. “I'll be on stage immersed in clouds of stars, planets, and galaxies that will appear to float over the seats in the audience. In a very important sense, the Marston gives us the entire universe with which to create.”
Gharavi adds that he hopes A Brief Anniversary of Time will be the first in a series of projects to unite artists and scientists in creating new works for the public. The Marston also hosts the popular Hollywood Invades Tempe film screening and chat series, thus bringing entirely different types of stars to ASU’s new planetarium.
A Brief Anniversary of Time is appropriate for families, though it may be too technical for very young children.
Where: Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB 4 (550 East Tyler Mall, Tempe, Arizona)
Location and parking: The Rural Road parking structure is the closest parking to ISTB 4. Rates for visitor lots are $2 per hour with a maximum exit fee of $8. View a map of ISTB4 and nearby visitor parking. Cars and vans may park in any surface visitor lot.
When: Oct. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.50 for students; $7 general admission
Additional information: https://asuevents.asu.edu/brief-anniversary-time