During this theatrical season, Bulgarian viewers have the exclusive privilege of watching the stunning play of Michael Frein - Copenhagen. For 21 years after its writing, the play also appears on the Bulgarian stage to prove that the native audience needs exactly such serious topics. The production is on City Mark Art Center and includes the perfect mix of cast members: Russi Chanev, Stefka Yanorova and Valentin Ganev.


Even the name of Michael Frein is already a prerequisite for the birth of a remarkable work, but in this case we are talking about something more - an impressive use of the text in the creation of a chamber performance, which without much theatricality tells the story of the creation of the most the great disaster of the existence of the world - the nuclear bomb.


In 1941, there was a conversation between the best physicists of the twentieth century - Werner Heisenberg and Nils Bohr. What they said at this meeting remains a secret for a long time. In any case, the topic is of paramount importance to the fate of the whole world. The play takes us the same year, offering us a seemingly ordinary, even human conversation between these two scholars. The dialogue reveals to us, little by little, how the bomb was made and why they failed to finish their work on time before the war was over.

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A stunning play about the incredible morals of the Danish Jew and the German Nazi, about honor, justice, humanity and most of all about science - the things that stand above any ideology. About the choices they both make, aware of the dangers of such a discovery. As the course of the action shows, great scientists speak another language, have other agitations, and view the world from a very high peak. Because they create the future. The show is also shocking because it shows how science is always used first for military purposes and for mass destruction, always in the name of democracy, freedom, people and almost always led to destruction, mass deaths and millions of graves - name and name.


The play is extremely insightful, intelligently written and possesses the viewer from the first moment because of its indisputable authenticity. The big question is not only who will make the atomic bomb first - Germany or the United States, that is, who will win the war, but who will actually think about the future of the world. The interesting thing is why exactly are these two physicists working on the bomb? Because they are the best? Or because no one wanted to deal with it and master the highest level of physics, chemistry and mathematics? "Yes, I'm the biggest one because nobody wanted to deal with these issues!" Heisenberg says.

The play also notes, albeit in the background and indirectly, the huge mistake of Hitler expelling and imprisoning his greatest Jewish scholars. The two were forced to develop the bomb. It turns out that if you don't create the weapon, you will be killed. Both are working to create this weapon of mass destruction, but not fast enough. Why? Because of the clear awareness that if the war is over before the bomb is made and its creation is inevitable, millions of lives and, in fact, the entire world will be saved. The deliberate delay is also evidenced by the most knowledgeable intelligence officer, the chief of Abber (Hitler's military intelligence), Admiral Canaris. A persuaded anti-Nazi, years before the war, he helped to delay the invention of the bomb. This character is missing from the play, but it is important to know the importance of his work during the war.


After all, scientists on both sides are sure that there is a more direct way to enrich uranium, but both "unwittingly" do not consider the mathematical equation for the rapid release of neutrons. So they kind of betray the country they work for. But the tragedy of the Nazi scientist is perhaps greater because he witnessed the collapse of Germany, even being responsible for it, knowing that its victory was in his hands.


The production is extremely intelligent and not for every audience. It requires knowledge of the history that led to the greatest disaster for humanity. Interesting is the role of Margaret, Heisenberg's wife, who is balanced and at the same time provocative, always aiming to bring the truth to the fore. To avoid the static of the chamber play, in which dialogue and monologue are the basis of the action and, in most cases, the intrigue that keeps the audience's attention from beginning to end is absent, the play is solved in a directorial and scenographic manner in a simple but very effective way. With very elegant, subdued lighting and sound background.

The viewer travels from the Reich to Denmark, walks with the characters, rings at their door, dines with them, drinks fine alcohol. Proof of the strength of the show is that despite its duration of two and a half hours, the audience in the hall did not move.


It is a privilege for the Bulgarian scene that there are plays such as Copenhagen to honestly and truly reveal the great problems of humanity, where the concepts of "honor," "dignity," "freedom of thought," and "democracy" are not empty words. The City Mark Art Center lounge turned out to be the perfect venue for a performance like this and the audience was made up of highly erudite personalities. This is further proof that the Bulgarian public and the public need great art. Because the role of art, in addition to enjoying and entertaining, is also to educate and set intellectual challenges.


The show will play until the end of April and seats are limited. The next dates are March 2 and 16.

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