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A Special Performance: The Kepler Story

Morrison Planetarium is the largest all-digital planetarium in the world. State-of-the-art projector and software technologies allow the planetarium to produce the most accurate and interactive digital Universe ever created.



Special Performance: The Kepler Story
Motion Institute & Morrison Planetarium

Oct 20 6:30pm SOLD OUT
Oct 27 6:30pm SOLD OUT

Oct 20 8:30pm SOLD OUT
Oct 27 8:30pm SOLD OUT

We are excited to announce our first ever prime-time Sunday evening performance series taking place in the Morrison Planetarium - the world’s largest all digital dome. As a one-man performance with dramatic supporting music and full dome visuals, the Morrison Planetarium in collaboration with Motion Institute presents The Kepler Story - an innovative, immersive performance piece about the life and story of 17th-century astronomer and mystic Johannes Kepler. The story of his life, including his discovery of the three laws of planetary motion which removed Earth once and for all from its position at the center of the Universe, took an even more dramatic turn when his mother was arrested for witchcraft and Kepler was forced to defend her. On the way to her trial, reading Galileo’s father’s book on harmony, Kepler experienced one of his greatest epiphanies about the harmony of the universe.

History, religion, passion and science intersect in this remarkable individual’s life with a performance in the Academy’s planetarium that has the capacity to elicit moments of transcendence as it enlivens your senses and stimulates your mind. We will explore Kepler’s unique capacity to integrate a worldview steeped in mysticism with a rigorous scientific perspective based on observation and experimentation.

The Kepler Story is produced by Motion Institute, a Bay Area nonprofit theater production company that offers audiences a singular view of current issues, presented in ways that are contemporary, unpredictable, and embedded in the narratives of their own lives. Written and directed by Nina Wise and performed by Norbert Weisser, a veteran film and stage actor, The Kepler Story integrates spectacular visuals developed by the Morrison Planetarium visualization studio and Toshi Anders Hoo, deeply moving music by composer and cellist Zoë Keating and sound design by Emmy Award winner Christopher Hedge.


 


Reservations: Academy Members: $12, General: $15. This is a 60-minute performance. Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry, tickets are not transferable and non refundable.

Norbert Weisser
As Johannes Kepler 

Norbert Weisser, born in Neu-Isenburg Germany, came to Los Angeles in the late 60s and began acting in the LA Experimental theatre scene of the 60s and 70s. Weisser is a founding member of the Odyssey Theater and the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, where he developed the role of Trickster in Murray Mednick's epic seven-hour The Coyote Cycle. He has played roles in theaters throughout Europe and the US, including Broadway, where he played Rode opposite Ed Harris in Ronald Harwood's Taking Sides at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. Most recently he played Oskar in John O'Keefe's Times Like These in San Francisco, Albany, New York and Los Angeles, where he received an Ovation Award, an LA Weekly Theater Award and an LA Drama Critics Circle nomination for his performance.

www.norbertweisser.com


 


Reservations: Academy Members: $12, General: $15. This is a 60-minute performance. Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry, tickets are not transferable and non refundable.

Soundtrack by
Zoë Keating

Zoë Keating, avant cellist and composer, is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Increasingly considered a role model for DIY artists, Zoë's self-released albums have sold over 35,000 copies and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million Twitter followers. Zoë has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Imogen Heap, Amanda Palmer, Tears for Fears, DJ Shadow, John Vanderslice, Rasputina, Pomplamoose and Paolo Nutini. She has collaborated and performed with WNYC's Radiolab and is also known for her work in film and dance. Commissions include music for the San Francisco MOMA and soundtracks for the films Ghost Bird, The Devil's Chair and Frozen Angels.

www.zoekeating.com


 

Sound Design by
Christopher Hedge

Christopher Hedge's compositional career began modestly enough with soundtracks for the San Francisco State University Planetarium three decades ago. Since then he has composed more than 1,000 works, numerous albums and soundtracks. His first album with Paul Horn was nominated for a Grammy. He has performed all over the world, from an opera house in Italy, to a performance for the birthday celebration of the King of Bhutan.

www.christopherhedge.com


 


Reservations: Academy Members: $12, General: $15. This is a 60-minute performance. Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry, tickets are not transferable and non refundable.

Nina Wise
The Motion Institute

Nina Wise, since earning her degree in Religious Studies and the Aesthetics of Movement has devoted her career to developing theater that addresses the complex relationship between body, intellect, and spirit. Her original works, performed in prestigious venues in the US, South America, Europe and Asia have won awards for playwriting, innovative design, and new theater including seven Bay Area Theater Critics’ Awards. Wise is the recipient of multiple NEA and Marin Arts Council Fellowships. She has been the Artistic Director of Motion since 1987.


The Motion Institute


 

Ryan Wyatt
Morrison Planetarium

Ryan Wyatt, Director of the Morrison Planetarium. Under Ryan's passionate leadership, the immersive theater at Morrison is inspiring millions of visitors to ponder their place in the Universe. “My work in the planetarium field focuses on the creation of “narrative journeys,” virtual voyages in immersive environments that place audiences at the center of the storytelling… The Kepler Story has remarkable potential to integrate an artful approach toward the history of science with pioneering visualizations.”


Morrison Planetarium


 


Reservations: Academy Members: $12, General: $15. This is a 60-minute performance. Seating is limited. To reserve a place today, buy a ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831. Late arrivals will not be permitted entry, tickets are not transferable and non refundable.

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