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Physics and Drama Collide as Science & Art Cabaret Returns – UB Now: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

Buffalo’s Science & Art Cabaret returns in March with a conversation between physicists and theater professionals following the local production of Nick Payne’s 75-minute play, “Constellations.”

The event will take place on March 19. That evening, attendees are invited to see Second Generation Theater’s 8 p.m. production of “Constellations” at Shea’s Smith Theatre, 658 Main St., Buffalo, and stay for the cabaret roundtable afterward. .

Tickets for the play and cabaret are available by calling Second Generation Theater at 716-508-7480. Tickets are also available online, and audience members who wish to attend the cabaret must select the “After-Show Discussion” and enter the code SCIENCE to receive $5 off. (The price of the “After-Show Discussion” option includes admission to the play.)

According to promotional material for “Constellations,” “This spellbinding romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. What happens next challenges the boundaries of the world we think we know, delving into the endless possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and fate.

The Science & Art Cabaret roundtable after the play will include a conversation with:

  • Cabaret Co-Founder Will Kinney, UB Physics Professor. He is a cosmologist and author of the forthcoming book, “An Infinity of Worlds: Cosmic Inflation and the Beginning of the Universe.”
  • Salvatore Rappoccio, associate professor of physics at UB. He is a particle physicist and a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration, a large international team of scientists who lead the CMS particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Michael Wachowiak, director of “Constellations”.
  • Kristin Bentley, executive director of Second Generation Theater, who stars in “Constellations” as Marianne.

The roundtable marks the return of the Buffalo Science & Art Cabaret after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The March 19 event is a partnership between Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, UB College of Arts and Sciences and Second Generation Theater.

The Buffalo Science & Art Cabaret was created in the fall of 2009 as an ongoing conversation on endless topics across all disciplines. The underlying premise of the series is that intellectual pursuits that seem distinct intersect far more often than expected and share spheres of interest and meaning.