|Trude with Leo (University of California San Diego)|
Speaking of all things Jewish, I'll be blogging more later about the singular experience of Jewish expatriates (especially scientists) later on in the rehearsal process, and about Trude's Jewish identity during and in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust. Jewish culture is touched on more than a few times in this musical - most obviously their horror at what was happening back home.
Atomic physics cannot have had a greater impact on our 20th and 21st century imagination and politics. I think it's important to remember that at the heart of this incredible realization that we could bring about the end of civilization in just a few moments were real human souls, ones that we should celebrate and have gratitude for. More than just a scientific visionary, Szilard was gifted with a real humanity that saw the political and moral ramifications of unleashing their discovery on the world. He was also an incredibly brave man. For her part, Trude honored that bravery. I'm eager to get into that and explore with this phenomenal cast and crew. Let's sing about science!