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Schrödinger and Pandora

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Hall, Daniel Currie (American playwright, 1976-____), “Schrödinger and Pandora,”

a 40-minute whimsical tragedy in English set in and around a physics laboratory, 20th century,

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©1996 by Daniel Currie Hall, script/rights available from Daniel Currie Hall, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, 130 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H1 Canada,  danhall@chass.utoronto.ca. Cited by Daniel Currie Hall, via e-mail, February 9, 1997; Hall says,

  § Dramatis Personae Erwin Schrödinger (m), physicist; Pandora (f), a mythical woman; Cat (f), famous.

  § Synopsis “Schrödinger recruits a cat to realize his thought experiment. Into this universe waltzes Pandora, a mythical woman fascinated by boxes-and by Schrödinger. It is not curiosity that kills the cat.

  § Comment “The play is based on the famous Cat Experiment of the real Erwin Schrödinger, in which the physicist demonstrated the absurdity of a quantum mechanical theory by imagining a situation in which the theory was taken to logical extremes, the result being a box containing a cat that remains both alive and dead until someone looks inside the box. Original music (for solo cello) is available, but optional. The play premiered at the University of Toronto Drama Festival in 1995.”

  § Themes animal, cat, death, logic, physics, quantum mechanics, Schrödinger (Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist, 1887-1961) .

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