Friday, February 27, 2015

“Breaking The Code” The Play

In San Francisco the play Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore will be at Theatre Rhinoceros for a limited engagement of 15 performances from March 4 to 21. Breaking The Code is a gripping biographical drama about gay scientist Alan Turing, the eccentric genius who played a major role in winning the World War II & then battled with British morality laws. Turing was also the first to conceive of & basically invent the computer, the machine that forever altered our modern world, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality & sentenced to undergo hormone treatments, which left him physically & mentally debilitated. He died a suicide, forgotten & alone.  This play is about who he was, what happened to him & why. Over 49,000 other gay men & women were persecuted in England under the same law. Turing was pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013. The others were not. Breaking The Code features Bay Area actors Michael DeMartini (Smith), John Fisher (Turing), Val Hendrixson (Knox), Justin Lucas (Ron), Celia Maurice (Sara), Heren Patel (Chris), Kirsten Peacock (Pat), Patrick Ross (Ross) & is directed by the Glickman & Critics’ Circle Award-winning John Fisher. The play was originally performed by openly gay British actor Sir Derek Jacobi in London in 1986 & Broadway in 1987 with 3 Tony nominations. This is an exceptional biographical drama. Breaking The Code was also produced by the BBC in 1996 & shown on PBS in the USA. Currently the Oscar nominated must-see film The Imitation Game about Alan Turing is in theatrical release.
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