POISON by Ihor Gowda
Sunday, April 26 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.
In POISON, American nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer and British mathematician/codebreaker Alan Turing, whose extraordinary contributions were key to Allied victory in WWII, cross paths on the evening of June 6, 1954 – the tenth anniversary of D-Day, and the day before Turing’s tragic suicide. Moved to candor by the heartbreaking parallels in their lives, Turing shares the secret of his still-classified work on cracking Nazi codes. Oppenheimer immediately grasps the significance of Turing’s achievement, and in a conversation that illuminates larger issues of gay rights, nuclear proliferation, and national security vs. individual rights – a conversation they alone could have had – they painfully reflect on their abandonment and rejection by the countries who owed them so much. Two broken men end the evening headed toward very different futures.
A resident of Austin TX, Ihor Gowda is a lifelong avid student of science and technology, and spent 20+ years in the telecom and computer industries. He is also a lifelong fan of theatre. This is his first play.