Lantern Theater Company
2017/18 Season

By Michael Frayn
Directed by Kittson O'Neill
January 11 - February 18, 2018

A fascinating mystery: why did German physicist Werner Heisenberg visit his old mentor and Danish counterpart Niels Bohr in 1941 while their countries were at war? Was he looking for clues to atomic secrets, asking for absolution, or searching for something unknowable? As the characters wrestle with their memories and motives, what becomes clear is the ultimate uncertainty of why we do what we do. Perhaps the greatest play ever written about science, Michael Frayn's riveting drama puts us in the heart of the greatest moral dilemma of the 20th century.

The Cast

Charles McMahon as Werner Heisenberg  •  Sally Mercer as Margrethe Nørlund Bohr  •  Paul L. Nolan as Niels Bohr

The Creative Team

Nick Embree, Scenic Designer  •  Natalia de la Torre, Costume Designer  •  Robin Stamey, Lighting Designer  •  Daniel Perelstein, Sound Designer  •  Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager  •  Nicole Miller Marks, Assistant Director
News & Reviews

"Go see Copenhagen. It was just extended to Feb. 18, and I can see why. It's a superb rendition of a work of resounding significance." –The Philadelphia Inquirer  more

"Consistently masterful performances... The Lantern's remount of Copenhagen is intelligent, thought-provoking, and relevant, holding enduring insight and appeal for a sophisticated audience. We've come to expect nothing less from this smart and substantive company, and we got it." –DC Metro Theater Arts  more

"Thrilling! You can't conjure the sort of urgency the production emanates without three actors who know just how to create it. Cheers to Lantern's artistic director, Charles McMahon, for providing a Heisenberg who is at once proud and unsure of his role with the Nazis; to the veteran actor Paul L. Nolan, for a Niels Bohr who tries mightily to balance the idea of nuclear science with the political realities and devastation it can create; and to Sally Mercer, who plays Mrs. Bohr with perfect measures of charm and candor." –WHYY  more

"Michael Frayn's play makes demands on actors. The cast, amazingly spontaneous and completely engaged, keep this...intellectual play compelling." –Phindie  more

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Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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