Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize laureate and genius who forever changed the world of science as many people know it, will be lending his voice to a New York audience at the World Science Festival, according to CBSNews.
Einstein passed away over three decades ago in 1955. However, Albert Einstein's voice comes alive through his own personal letters which will be delivered live through a stage reading entitled Dear Albert. The stage reading of Albert Einstein's intimate letters was born from the idea of actor, director, and writer Alan Alda. Alda had a keen interest in Albert Einstein's passions for science, women, and life in general. Through Einstein's personal letters, Alda was able to develop an engaging and dramatic one-night-only stage reading to open the World Science Festival.
In a statement, Alda has described Albert Einstein as so much more than a revered and famous science figure. To Alda, Albert Einstein is not only fascinating as arguably one of the most influential people of the modern era, but Einstein is provocative on a personal level as well. "As I read through his letters, I was fascinated by him. This was the voice of Albert at his most intimate and passionate as he was courting his first wife, his second wife and a number of other women. At the same time, he was just as passionate about courting the cosmos. And the cosmos often came out ahead," spoke Alda.
The World Science Festival annually celebrates science and the arts, and Alan Alda has long been a supporter of it. The reading of Albert Einstein's letters will serve to show Albert Einstein as a human with personal interests, but it will also share Einstein's thoughts about his own unprecedented discoveries in science. Dear Albert press notes state that the reading "delves into the treasure trove of letters written by Einstein, tracing an intimate and unfamiliar line across his life and work. Unquestionably one of the greatest – if not the greatest – minds of the 20th century, Einstein was as celebrated for his wit as for his Theory of Relativity. The work humanizes a giant in the pantheon of great scientists and sheds light upon his momentous scientific insights through first-hand accounts of groundbreaking discoveries."
Actors such as Paul Rudd, Francesca Faridany, and Cynthia Nixon will help Albert Einstein to come alive again through his letters, Playbill reports. Directed by Mark Brokaw, Dear Albert will be hosted at the New York University Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.