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Brian Greene in Light Falls. Credit: World Science Festival / Greg Kessler

Premieres Wednesday, May 29 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org and the PBS Video app.

On the 100th anniversary of the confirmation of Albert Einstein’s most important breakthrough, take a theatrical journey with renowned physicist Brian Greene as he explores how Einstein discovered his far-reaching general theory of relativity in Light Falls, premiering nationwide Wednesday, May 29 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org and the PBS Video app. Written and performed by Greene with an all-Broadway ensemble cast and immersive theatrical effects, the play weaves together Einstein’s brilliant insights, near-misses and final triumph, which revolutionized human understanding of space and time.

Directed for the stage by Scott Faris, the scientist’s struggle comes to the fore as Greene intermingles Einstein’s story with key historical characters and celebrated figures such as Isaac Newton, David Hilbert and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jerome Weidman, and incorporates language from Einstein’s archives including research papers, autobiographical accounts and other historical documents. The story follows Einstein’s early fascination with the workings of a compass through his unrelenting odyssey to understand the force of gravity, and his passionate and ultimately tragic pursuit of a unified theory.

Michael Winther, Brian Avers and Francesca Faridany form the versatile ensemble cast, joined by movement specialist Drew Dollaz and violinist Joanna Kaczorowska. Hi-tech, immersive animations and projections by Tony- and Olivier Award-winning design team 59 Productions (“War Horse”) and an original score by Emmy Award-winning composer Jeff Beal (“House of Cards”) enhance the story as Greene melds science with drama to create a singular theatrical event. Described by The New York Times as a “cerebral spectacle with a theatrical twist,” Einstein’s story can now be experienced as never before.

Notable Talent:

  • Brian Greene – physicist; mathematician; author of “The Elegant Universe,” “The Fabric of the Cosmos,” and “The Hidden Reality;” Peabody Award-winning host of two NOVA (PBS) miniseries based on his books; director of Columbia University’s Center for Theoretical Physics; chairman and co-founder of World Science Festival
  • Jeff Beal – five-time Emmy Award-winning composer (House of Cards)
  • David Horn – television director and five-time Emmy Award-winning executive producer (Great Performances)
  • Tracy Day – executive producer and four-time Emmy Award-winning television producer; co-founder and CEO of the World Science Festival

Notable Facts:

  • Filmed on February 19, 20 and 21, 2019, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in New York City
  • National broadcast premiere commemorates the 100th anniversary to the day of the confirmation of Einstein’s general theory of relativity on May 29, 1919.

 Running Time: 90 minutes

Production Credits:

Directed for television by David Horn and produced by Mitch Owgang, Light Falls is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC and World Science Festival. Executive producers are Tracy Day and David Horn with Stephen Segaller as executive in charge for WNET.

Underwriters:

Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation; additional support provided by Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III.

About WNET
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