Rob Riley Featured in theatre4humanity’s QED beginning Oct. 24th

theatre4humanity, in association with Collaboraction Theatre, will present the Chicago Premiere of “QED” by Peter Parnell, a day in the life of maverick physicistRichard Feynman. Featuring Rob Riley as Feynman, “QED” opens Wednesday, October 24 at 8 p.m. at Collaboraction Theatre, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd Floor. For tickets visit or call 866-212-4077.

Written byPeter Parnell, “QED” is an up-close and personal portrait of Feynman, Nobel laureate in physics, lifelong advocate for creativity and originality in science, as well as founder of the field of nanotechnology, and inspiration to young and aspiring scientists the world over. “QED” relives a day in the life of Feynman, storyteller extraordinaire, artist, musician, and well-loved character in 20th century science. theatre4humanity founder Maureen Payne-Hahner directs.

“I consider myself a scientist first and a theater producer second,” said Producer Dr. Christoph Hahner. “This play shows the many dynamic and artistic sides ofRichard Feynman. It demonstrates how closely related art and science are, as both require creativity, an open mind, curiosity, the willingness to experiment and to push the limits. Feynman was a scientist who established a milestone for the science world and ultimately the world we live in.”

Riley first portrayed Feynman in the 2010 production of “QED” produced by ETOPiA, The Engineering Transdisciplinary Outreach Project in the Arts, at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science atNorthwestern University. Payne-Hahner also directed that production.

In addition to Riley as Feynman, Grace Wagner portrays his student Miriam Field. Additional production crew includes Courtney O’Neill (scenic designer), Michael Stanfill (lighting designer), Matthew Grayson (sound designer) and Emily Sater-Murray (costume and prop design) and Kara Karstad (choreographer).

Maureen Payne-Hahner (Director) is currently directing “The How and The Why” with ETOPiA productions at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. She has also directed “Cloud 9” byCaryl Churchill, (Jeff recommended) with The Gift Theatre Company (2011), the off-Broadway remount of “A Number” byCaryl Churchilli/a/w NAATCO (2011) at TheCherry Lane Theatre, NYC, “QED” for ETOPiA (2010), “Talk Radio” (Jeff recommended) byEric Bogosianfor The Gift Theatre Company, “Copenhagen” byMichael Fraynfor ETOPiA. “The Countess” (Chicago Premiere) atVictory Gardens Theatrei/a/w The Gift Theatre Company, and (Assistant Director) Summer Cabaret at Yale University. Payne-Hahner has directed numerous European productions including “Copenhagen”(Munich, Vienna, Zagreb) and “Sweet Phoebe,” “Two Conversations,” “Dark Pony,” “Litko” and “Epilogue” (Munich). She is founder of theatre4humanity and holds a BA with distinction from Mary Baldwin College.

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The Chicago Premiere of “QED” runs Thursday, October 25 through Sunday, December 9 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Collaboraction Theatre, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor. Tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors and $18 per person in groups of 10 or more. Previews are October 20 at 8 p.m., October 21 at 3 p.m. and October 22 at 8 p.m. Preview Tickets are $10. For tickets visit or call 866-212- 4077.