A Brief Anniversary of Time

A one-man show about time and everything else.

More than a quarter of a century ago, a slim book by a British physicist became an international blockbuster phenomenon. Steven Hawking’s A Brief History of Time explained in layman’s terms such cosmic imponderables as the Big Bang, black holes, imaginary numbers, and time travel.

Lance Gharavi’s one-man show, A Brief Anniversary of Time, is a celebration of Hawking’s magnificent achievement, but it is also a very personal story of three generations. Gharavi’s struggle with all-too-human questions of love, loss, memory, and time are juxtaposed against the vast, mind-bending wonders of Hawking’s universe. Created in collaboration with a team of artists and scientists including Lawrence Krauss, Paul Davies, and Jim Bell, the play weaves science and personal narrative in a moving tale that’s part NOVA, part memoire, and part existential crisis machine.

Production Team:

Lead Artist                               Lance Gharavi

Media Designer                      Daniel Fine

Assistant Media Designer      Boyd Branch

Sound Designer                      Stephen Christensen

Production Designer              Anastasia Schneider

Stage Manager                       Aubrey Grace Watkins

Scientists:

Jim Bell

Paul Davies

Soma De

Lawrence Krauss

Maulik Parikh

Evan Scannapieco

Tanmay Vachaspati

Patrick Young

Featured Voices:

Chris Danowski

Bonnie Eckard

Tyler Eglen

Darius Gharavi

Jeremy Gillett

Chelsea Pace
Julie Rada

Really stunning work! Totally captivating. I felt both humbled and ennobled by the piece. An exemplar of mediated performance.

- Jeff McMahon

This is spectacular (literally). It feels otherworldly but is really this-worldly, Painted with intelligence, love, and a whole lotta finesse. 

 - Chris Danowski

If NOVA could break your heart and put it back together.

- Brian Hendricks 

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Photo: Matthew Ragan