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Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company artistic director Stephen Weitz will take on science with Dava Sobel’s And the Sun Stood Still, which makes its world premiere tonight. The play deals with Copernicus’s theory — revolutionary, even dangerous in its time — placing the sun instead of the earth at the center of the universe. Sobel is an eminent science writer who has worked for the New York Times and written for the New Yorker, but until this, she had never written a play.

“We’re constantly finding new things,” says Weitz. “Dava and I have continued to write back and forth over the course of rehearsal. She understands dramatic action clearly and writes incredibly good dialogue. We’ve been working on theatricality, asking questions like, ‘If we raise this dramatic question here, where do we answer it?’ And, ‘If we move this chunk later in the play, it has more payoff.’ There’s some dense dialogue about scientific concepts, but she makes them fluid and accessible without dumbing anything down.” The play explores a favorite theme, Sobel says in her blog — “the transformation of humankind’s worldview through science.”

See And the Sun Stood Still at 7:30 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder; for tickets, $15 to $25, visit boulderensembletheatre.org or call 888-512-7469. The play continues through April 20.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: March 27. Continues through April 20, 2014

 
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