Adapting Alan Lightman's acclaimed novel Einstein's Dreams to the stage presented a peculiar challenge for University of Memphis professor and narrative-theater pioneer Gloria Baxter. In Lightman's lyrical exploration of love and relativity, the wild-haired thinker is merely a bit player. The bulk of the story occurs when Einstein is asleep and dreaming up fables about places and situations where time works in mysterious ways.
"I had to figure out how to include Einstein: to discover the relationship between the dreamer and the dream," Baxter says, describing her production as a kaleidoscope of language and imagery. Interestingly enough, Baxter's comfort throughout the difficult process was Einstein's principal irritant: the sneaking suspicion that the answer to all of our questions is as fundamental and simple as it is elusive and maddening.
Baxter and Lightman will discuss the adaptation at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 30th at a Marcus W. Orr Lunch Box series in room 237 of the Theatre and Communication Building. Lightman is also scheduled give a lecture on the creative process at 2 p.m. and then sign books at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1st, at the university's
Theatre and Communication Building.
Einstein's Dreams, 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, March 30th-April 1st, at the Theatre and Communication Building, University of memphis, (678-2576), $10-$15