"Ludwig and Bertie" by Douglas Lackey, directed by
Alexander Harrington, takes on the forty-year love/hate relationship
between Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, two leading twentieth-century
philosophers, from their first meeting at Cambridge in 1911 to Wittgenstein's
death in 1951.
Russell is heterosexual, hedonistic and agnostic; Wittgenstein
is puritanical, gay and Jewish. Russell is an imprisoned pacifist;
Wittgenstein a decorated combat soldier. Wittgenstein is intensely
religious; Russell mocks religion from first to last. Wittgenstein
regards Russell as his "mental father," but their relationship
has elements of rivalry.
In Lackey’s telling, Wittgenstein's thinking kindles the
demolition of facts in our post-truth world while Russell's inspires
the National Science Foundation. This play will show you how.
This play is a successor to Theater for the New City's production
last season of "Arendt-Heidegger: A Love Story" by Lackey,
which was also directed by Harrington.
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