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The Physicists

Poster for The Physicists

Poster by Yanyi Liu '23.

The Senior Company Presents The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, directed by Marie Inniss '23. 

Three brilliant physicists live together in a ritzy private sanitarium for “the mentally disturbed elite”. One believes he is Sir Issac Newton; the second believes he is Albert Einstein; the third has regular chats with King Solomon. When a gruesome murder upends their quiet routine, the scientists begin to uncover the secrets hiding in plain sight. This absurdist satire from 1962 is full of roller-coaster twists and big questions about the ethics of knowledge, the banality of evil, and where the madhouse ends and the real world begins. 

Friday Dec 2nd - 8 pm

Saturday Dec 3rd- 2 pm & 9 pm

Sunday Dec 4th- 2 pm

All shows are in the Frear Ensemble Theater, and are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accessibility Advance Notice: Swarthmore College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Theater Department at 610-328-8149, or Susan Smythe, ADA Program Manager at 610-690-2063 in advance of your participation or visit. 


Director: Marie Inniss

Set Designer: Yanyi Liu


Yosué González - MC Arthur/Murillo/Guhl/Jorg-Lukas

Yifan Huang - Uwe Sievers/Blocher/Adolf-Friedrich

Nya Kuziwa - Fraulein Doktor Mathilde von Zahnd

Zivia Lichtenberg - Herbert Georg Beutler (Newton)

Reid Mansur - Marta Boll/Monika Stettler

Jake Rothman - Inspector Richard Voss/Herr Oskar Rose

Jill Sekera - Frau Lina Rose

Neil Steinglass - Ernst Heinrich Ernesti (Einstein)

Raya Tuffaha - Johann Wilhelm Mobius