Play on physicist Feynman opens

Mark Taper Forum artistic director Gordon Davidson doesn’t have time to take on many projects, but “QED,” which bowed March 22 at the Taper, is special.

“As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more particular about what I do,” Davidson said about helming the play, written by Peter Parnell. But when star Alan Alda gave him the book about Caltech physicist Richard Feynman, Davidson said he was immediately enthralled.

“On the surface, it seems to be about science, how you use the brain,” Davidson said. “But Feynman saw all of science in very human terms. His interest in science is best described in nature. He was on that quest all the time.”

Among those on the quest to see the play and after-party at the Impresario Ristorante were the play’s stars Alda and Allison Smith; playwright Parnell, Feynman’s daughter Michelle Feynman and her husband, Diego Miralles; his sister Joan Feynman; and guests Jason Alexander, Sam Goldwyn and Stephen Hawking.

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