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Alda play sets run in Gotham

Lincoln Center Theater prepares for 24 performances of "QED"

The new play “QED,” starring Alan Alda as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, will be presented by Lincoln Center Theater this fall at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

The show will play two perfs a week on Sunday and Monday nights, concurrent with the continuing run of “Contact” in the same theater. Previously, Spalding Gray and Patti LuPone have performed solo shows on a similar schedule.

Since the Vivian Beaumont is a Tony-eligible theater, Lincoln Center Theater spokesman Philip Rinaldi said he expects the play and performers will be eligible for Tony consideration. He added that Tony voters will be invited to see the show. Alda was last seen on Broadway in Yasmina Reza’s “Art.”

“QED” begins performances on Sept. 30 for an opening on Oct. 22. The show runs through Dec. 17 for a total of 24 perfs.

The production originated at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum in the spring. The play is written by Peter Parnell (“The Cider House Rules”) and will be directed in Gotham by Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson, who helmed the L.A. stand.

Parnell’s two-character play is based on the book “Tuva or Bust!” by Ralph Leighton and Feynman and on other writings by the two men. Feynman, who worked on the Manhattan Project and later helped discover the cause of the fatal Challenger space shuttle disaster, was known for his irrevent humor as well as his scientific genius. His 1985 memoir “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman,” was on the New York Times bestseller list for 14 weeks. He died in 1988.

The second role in the play, of a young female university student, has yet to be cast.

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