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One-woman show written and performed by actress crest Murkowski and she tells the story from the perspective of Einstein secretary Chris is on the phone now to tell us more. Hi , welcome back to incite crass .
Oh , hi there , how are you.
First of all , where did your fascination with Albert Einstein come from.
Oh God. Well , some years ago I think like many millions of other folks around the world I I just found him a compelling figure altogether on so many levels . I think his humanitarian his efforts his well he is simply is mind I think just there is an individual who was able to invasion the universe quite like no one else was and I I think to me that not . I don’t have a science background I’m I’m the theater person that was all the orientation from 14 years old , but this was just particularly compelling to me that there was someone who could just think so differently about things and .
In in your show. Chris , you are in the role of the person who was his real-life Secretary Ray .
Yes , this is true.
Do you call her Helen or Helene because I think she went by both names.
Well , actually I have kind of changed the name I’ve taken some theatrical liberty.
Peace her real name was Helen do guess the real secretary and I am calling her Ellen shown Hemmer there.
Is always a great deal written about the secretary in anything you’ll read about her Helen Dukakis will always be mentioned. But they never go into her life at all . So it really required me in creating this piece to really read as much as I could possibly about her and there still isn’t a great deal about her so I kind of had to imagine certain things about her life at that I’ve later found out weren’t too far off the mark without her , and so you could say in some manner . It’s loosely based on the actual woman who was Einstein secretary , although I’ve really stayed as much to the historical facts as possible is any playwright does . You know you to change things .
I I don’t know your full story line but I know with the play being set on the birthday that does pick up on what became a habit that reporters would check in and say it’s Dr. Einstein’s birthday. How was he celebrating today . So that’s a jumping-off point for you isn’t it .
Exactly. That was sort of a conceit of the that oh , it’ll be as birthday and reporters have gathered at his home to to speak with him and he is allowed a press conference for that and so I carry that through different segments in his life . So you kind of go through his whole well , his whole life since he arrived in the in in America from escaping Nazi Germany , which is interesting . I’m listening to your last segment that you just heard on the radio and Einstein was a refugee he was probably one of America’s most famous refugees and he also had struggled to get into this country not everyone wanted him here . And so the story goes into that and you know which is very relevant to obviously today’s situation and are in the world . The refugee crisis . So I think that’s exciting for me to be able to share that .
I’m talking with Chris Murkowski is she is the writer and performer of the one woman play the life and times of a Einstein it’s this Saturday at the Auburn Plosser Performing Arts Center at the State Theatre in Auburn this show is at 7:30 and this is , this is been your niche if I can say so the the one woman solo type of show. I think it can be inherently challenging to do that there may be inherently freeing 2 why why do you choose this method .
Well , gosh , you know I did. You know I had a long career in film and television over 20 years of working on episodic TV shows and in film and theater primarily in Los Angeles and I always as the young actress was led to certainly to Einstein . I also have another piece on the life and work of the mother of modern dance Isidore Duncan and another show that I do a solo show of characters different sort of it’s offbeat monologues pieces that I’ve written , I don’t know , I think as a young actress too . I was just drawn to create stuff on my own , and then I began to take writing playwriting much more seriously ever also written full length plays .
Well , this one , your first though the site.
Actually Einstein was made 3rd.
Show there were 2 others before and the show I created in the ’80s and it had its first production here in Los Angeles with the mark taper Forum and I’ve had several runs since then and it kind of been taken it on the road since.
So what was your favorite TV show to be part of which all which one , did you have the best experience so.
That’s hard to say , gosh , so many of them were challenging experiences.
What if you’re one of your shows was Charlie Charlie’s Angels , isn’t it.
Yes. Oh yes , that’s the .
On the first season of did episode of that playing a villain. Of course you know most of the guest stars were villains and a show like that .
And revenge of the nerds to use it looked like.
The mother of one of the big kid that was a little you know brilliant kid who went off to college early I was his mother. And I think one of the very rewarding opportunity I had was on there . Richard Pryor show Richard Pryor had a short-lived variety show and he had hired me to come in and do what of my original characters , and I did that , which was really exciting . You know , to be asked to come and do I television variety show a rather dramatic piece and yeah , that was , that was very , very exciting .
Well , Chris , I think it’s as much a fine opportunity for people to come and simply see you work as it is to see this piece of work the Einstein plan and in the great renovated State Theatre will be a wonderful venue.
See the theater and performing their. Yeah , for sure .
Well , thank you for taking a little bit of your time and good luck with the show this weekend. Nice to have you back in the area and for the next one . Come on into the studio . Okay .
Yes , sure.
Thank you. All right . That is crest Murkowski and The Life and Times of 8 Einstein is Saturday night at the State Theatre in Auburn , there’s more on our website . A cap Radio.org/insight . This is in sight on CAP radio .
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