GableStage presenting Heisenberg, a story about human connection

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GableStage presenting Heisenberg, a story about human connection
Pictured in a scene from Heisenberg are Margery Lowe and Colin McPhillamy.
(Photo by Magnus Stark)

The Florida premiere of Heisenberg by acclaimed British playwright Simon Stephens continues through Nov. 20 at GableStage.

Directed by Bari Newport and starring South Florida’s own Margery Lowe and Colin McPhillamy (most recently in Broadway’s Hangmen), Heisenberg tells the story of an electric encounter that thrusts two strangers, Georgie, a 42-year-old woman, and Alex, a 75-year-old butcher, into a fascinating and life-changing game.
Heisenberg runs until Nov. 20 and is available for streaming.

Described as “a soaring, suspenseful, thrilling and wondrously stealthy play” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Heisenberg brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection. It is a work “that considers the multiplicity of alternatives that could shape our lives at every moment.”

A year after it premiered, Brantley also said that it “seems more shimmeringly and satisfyingly elusive each time I see it.”

Mark Kennedy of Associated Press said Simon Stephens “does nothing less than alchemy here. He captures new love and old love at the same time, hope and fear, the new world and the old.”

Playwright Simon Stephens (Manchester, England, 1971) internationally renowned for his award-winning adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, explained he took the name “Heisenberg” from the theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg who coined and refined the uncertainty principle.

“It’s taking that atomic idea and turning it into a love story. It’s about the relationship, the friendship, the affection, the love between a 40-year-old woman and a man she tries to grift.”

“I started by unpacking the Heisenberg principle, also known as the uncertainty principle,” director Bari Newport explained. “I became consumed with wanting to identify this principle within the action of the play… Dramaturgically we have two characters who make up both elements of the principle: Georgie, who has speed but no anchor — unmoored as she searches for her place in the world, and Alex, who is stuck — whose trajectory forward is unclear.”

The creative team for Heisenberg at GableStage includes Constanza Celsi (set dresser and properties design), Alessandra Cronin (projection design), Tony Galaska (lighting design), Jeni Hacker (choreographer), Camilla Haith (costume design), Sean McGinley (sound design) and Frank J. Oliva (scenic design). Katie Ellison is the production stage manager.
General admission tickets are available from $35 to 65, plus fees, at the GableStage Box Office 305-445-1119/ or online at Streaming tickets are $22. Season subscriptions still are available. Subscribe and save up to 35 percent with a subscription package.

GableStage is located on the front East Side of the Biltmore Hotel at 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134.

Discounts available for artists, veterans and Biltmore Hotel members. Groups of 10-plus receive $8 off each ticket and receive one additional ticket free-of-charge. Students with ID cards and Biltmore employees may see any production free-of-charge by stopping by the box office an hour before the performance of choice begins when seats are available.

Performance Schedule:
Wednesdays, 2 and 7 p.m.; Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Streaming available from at the same performance times with generous sponsorship from The Knight Foundation.

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens at GableStage is made possible in part through the support of Roz and Charles Stuzin.

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