Going Going Gone (1995-1997)
Conceived and Directed by Anne Bogart
Created and Performed by The SITI Company
Physicists agree that you cannot focus too effortfully or too directly on the notions found in quantum physics because the act of looking at them changes them. You must use an indirect approach. You must use fuzzy logic. You must think intuitively, allowing necessary leaps in logic and in the patterns of your own perception.
The sources for dialogue in Going, Going, Gone include fragments from hundreds of sources ranging from the scientific theories of Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Nick Herbert, Lawrence M. Krauss, Murry Gell-Mann to literary sources including T.S. Eliot, Goethe, Lewis Carroll, Aristotle, Fredrich Nietzsche, Oscar Wilde, Walt Whitman, Bertrand Russell, William Blake, and the Bible.
In our play, the stage is a living room which is also the entire universe. The four characters find their lives slipping from a Newtonian to a Quantum logic with every drink pored and every game played. They engage in a battle about cutting edge ideas in physics: notions of parallel universes, observer created reality, uncertainty, complementarily, probability, relativity and the role of the imagination.
-- Anne Bogart