A BREATHTAKING PAS-DE-DEUX
By SIMON STEPHENS
Directed by SARAH ELIZABETH WANSLEY
FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 6
At the Byrne Theater
A 75-year old Irish butcher sits on a bench in St. Pancras Station. A 42-year old woman from New Jersey impulsively plants a kiss on his neck. What starts with an electric encounter between two strangers, grows, over six scenes, into a complex and life-changing relationship. Simon Stephens’ HEISENBERG lays bare the beauty in the natural unpredictability of human connection. The quietly powerful Heisenberg will bring us back into the much-missed Byrne Theater, for the first indoor main stage production since March 2020.
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“Mesmerizing! The play is virtually a dissertation on opposites attracting…. the characters operate as unencumbered as subatomic particles, attracted or repulsed.”
“A jewel-box love story”
“The tone is delightfully unsettling. The audience is riveted, and the story is aimed straight at romance.”
“An enjoyable, at times profound, evening of theater.”
” A high-wire act of twists and turns.”
“This play with its science-y name gives us something more down to earth: Human Connection.”
Preview Performances: $34
Center Section: $59
Side Section: $49
Side Section Rear: $34
$19 for Students
Tuesdays (beginning 2/22) and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 5 p.m.
Photos by Mark Wasburn
PLEASE NOTE: Northern Stage will be adhering to the recommended COVID-19 safety protocols for indoor gatherings. Patrons will be asked to provide proof of vaccination status (including booster if eligible) or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours. Masks will be required inside the Barrette Center for the Arts at all times. We will also be using the Bindle health app, an easy way to privately share your COVID health status.
COMMUNITY PLAY DATES:
Director’s Cut: A Conversation with the Creative Team
Friday, February 18, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Panelists: Sarah Wansley, Designers
Join Director Sarah Wansley and members of the design team for a sneak peek into the creative process behind our production of Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg.
Spot On: The Science of Human Connection
Sunday, February 20, 2022 @ 3:30pm
Location: Byrne Theater
Panelists: Dr. Emily S. Finn
How do two people arrive at different interpretations of a shared experience? Join Dr. Emily Finn, a Dartmouth psychologist, in exploring the science behind the human connection. In conversation with Heisenberg director Sarah Elizabeth Wansley, Dr. Finn will share some of her current research, including a collaboration with the Dartmouth theater department, and unpack how current research in psychology intersects with themes in the play.
Saturday, February 26, 2022 @ 9:00pm
Location: Byrne Theater
Panelists: Cast of Heisenberg
Dive deep into Heisenberg with the artists themselves! Learn about their process and what it was like to work on such an important piece about human connection after our time apart.
Community Date: The Performance of Class
Sunday, March 6, 2022 @ 4:00pm
How do stereotypes and our beliefs influence the way we treat and view others? Join Associate Artistic Director Sarah Wansley in a conversation about the way cultural norms signal class, specifically in the world of Heisenberg and in our own White River Junction. What is the performance of socioeconomic status? How do we combat our own implicit biases?