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10-25-2005

Clarkson Marks 100th Anniversary of Theory of Relativity with Albert Einstein Performance

[A photograph for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/einstein.jpg]

Ed Metzger, alias Albert Einstein, will perform his nationally acclaimed one-man show “Albert Einstein: The Practical Bohemian in Clarkson University's Commons, Cheel Campus Center, on Tuesday, November 1, at 7 p.m.ed

Meet Einstein the man, not the monument, in Metzger's portrayal of the original absent-minded professor, confused and troubled father, out-spoken protestor against war, philosopher and womanizer. Then there is his twinkling humor, madness for vanilla ice cream, his Jewish consciousness, and his passion for music … even though he couldn't count.

Metzger has appeared on television, Broadway stage, and major theaters throughout the country. He has also acted in films with such legendary stars as Burt Reynolds, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino. Metzger and his wife, Laya, created the Einstein one-man show in 1978. The show opened in Los Angeles and New York's Off-Broadway, as well as major theaters around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Metzger and his wife have a second one-man show “Hemingway: On the Edge," which they also tour nationally at major theaters.

Metzger explores the human side of Einstein, who perceived things in a different way than others before him. The performance demonstrates Einstein's sorrow at being forced out of Germany by Hitler, and his horror in learning that his theories were being used for the development of the atomic bomb.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Einstein's Theory of Relativity and the 50th anniversary of his death. The performance is sponsored by Clarkson University's Office of Co-Curricular Education and Programming and is free and open to the community. The audience is invited to join Ed Metzger following the performance for a brief talk-back discussion.

PHOTO CAPTION: The one-man show “Albert Einstein: The Practical Bohemian” will be presented at Clarkson University's Commons, Cheel Campus Center, Tuesday, November 1, at 7 p.m. The performance is free and open to the community.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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