R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE
A.R.T. Season
January 14, 2011 through February 5, 2011
"Derrah conveys Fuller’s perpetual excitement in the workings of the universe and his own remarkable mind….even if you’re scratching your head, chances are you’ll be glad you heard him say it."
Boston Globe

Journey through the universe on Spaceship Earth with the Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century as your guide. Futurist, environmentalist, and geodesic dome designer Bucky Fuller takes us on an adventure through his life and times—from his childhood in Massachusetts, to his meeting with Albert Einstein, to his breakthrough moments of invention. A visionary who anticipated many of the challenges the world faces today, Fuller shows us how to save humanity and the planet by doing more with less.

Audiences love R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE at the A.R.T.: 

Audiences love R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE at the A.R.T.

Hear from audience members about R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE. It's an "incredible" and "awe-inspiring" show that will "give you a lot to think about"!

Written and Directed by D. W. Jacobs
From the life, work, and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller
DESIGNERS:  
Set & Lighting Design David Lee Cuthbert
Costume Design Darla Cash
Projections Jim Findlay
Sound/Composition Luis Perez
   
CAST:  
R. Buckminster Fuller Thomas Derrah*
   
ADDITIONAL STAFF:  
Stage Manager Adele Nadine Traub*
Dramaturg Annie DiMario
Assistant Stage Manager Chris de Camillis
Production Associate Sarah Gasser
   
(*) members of Actors Equity Association
"Extraordinary…. a whirlwind of impassioned ideas, both whimsical and deadly serious….leaves us with the belief that problems can be solved, if only individuals take up the challenge. Derrah demonstrates astounding range and stamina."
Boston Herald
“Hugely entertaining!”
Los Angeles Times
"SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: 'Caution, this play… contains IDEAS.' "
Smith, SAN DIEGO READER
“Startlingly funny, intellectually stimulating, and genuinely moving.”
San Francisco Examiner

"One of the liveliest, most engaging, thought-provoking productions you may ever see.Thomas Derrah captures his spirited essence and zest for life in an extraordinary performance." -Metro More

"Thomas Derrah's Bucky is a delighted dervish of thought, his ideas, recollections, prognostications, and tender feelings tumbling like gymnastics in a circus of discovery....a spry and spiritual performance that captures not only the intellectual inventiveness of this iconoclastic thinker but also his childlike enthusiasm."  -The Boston Phoenix More

"Derrah may be the best actor in town.... He’s an actor of astonishing grace, comfort and control. And, just as importantly, he’s got grit and guts.... If you love the art of theater, then you should watch Derrah work this material." -TAB Community Newspapers More

"Astonishing.... If Earth was a spaceship to Bucky, then Tommy Derrah blasts off the stage and into the stratosphere of what's possible for an actor; all I wanted to do was hang on for the ride." -Joyce Kulhawik
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R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE is "extraordinary.... A whirlwind of impassioned ideas, both whimsical and deadly serious.... Leaves us with the belief that problems can be solved, if only individuals take up the challenge.  Derrah demonstrates astounding range and stamina." — Boston Herald More

In R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE, "Derrah conveys Fuller’s perpetual excitement in the workings of the universe and his own remarkable mind….even if you’re scratching your head, chances are you’ll be glad you heard him say it." - The Boston Globe More

WBUR.org: "Buckminster Fuller — the influential thinker and futurist — is known around the world for his big ideas and his inventions, including the curious-looking but structurally efficient geodesic dome. But now the Massachusetts native is coming home, thanks to a new one-man production at the American Repertory Theater." More

One-man play at A.R.T. recounts futurist Fuller’s life. More

Author D. W. Jacobs on learning from R. Buckminster Fuller. More

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Press Releases

January 7, 2011Contact: Kati Mitchell (617-496-2000x8881)Kati_mitchell@harvard.edu MEDIA ADVISORYA.R.T. ANNOUNCES SPECIAL DISCUSSIONS TO ACCOMPANY PERFORMANCES OF... More
For Immediate Release: December 1, 2010Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668kati_mitchell@harvard.edu American Repertory TheaterpresentsR. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE... More
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Contact: Kati Mitchell617-496-2000x8841kati_mitchell@harvard.edu For release on Friday, May 7, 2010 American Repertory TheaterAnnounces its 2010/11 Season:CABARET • ALICE vs. WONDERLAND • THE BLUE... More

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Run time

2 hours and 15 minutes (includes a 15-minute intermission)

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Need to know

Single tickets on sale to members: 11/30.
On sale to the public: 12/14.

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Bucky and Me: Hear from artists, scientists, and scholars about how R. Buckminster Fuller influences their work. View full schedule >>

Performance sponsors:

Ann and Graham Gund

Restaurant Partner: Henrietta's Table