David Novak
as Buckminster
Fuller performing in
Wroclaw, 2015


Photo by:
Andrzej Solnica

R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE
by D. W. Jacobs
from the life, work and writings of R. Buckminster Fuller

We are all passengers on Spaceship Earth.



The play is an amazing journey trough time and space. R. Buckminster Fuller – an American engineer, architect, philosopher and visionary – will guide us through his life and ideas: from his childhood fascination with triangles, to his meeting with Einstein, to his unusual, novel architectural solutions. Buckminster Fuller, known as Bucky, had as many angles as his famous geodesic domes and he still fascinates scientists and artists alike. The play depicts the most interesting parts of his life and work, combining elements of humor, lecture and philosophical treatise.

With just a few props, David Novak, who plays Fuller, creates a moving monodrama, which gets the audience involved not only intellectually but also emotionally. The play's success is due in large measure to the award-winning playwright and director, D. W. Jacobs, who translated his fascination with Buckminster Fuller into the language of theater. Together with Bucky, Jacobs takes us on an exciting trip on Spaceship Earth – which will make us take a fresh look at the world around us.

Buckminster
Fuller with a model
of a geodestic dome


1952 r.

Buckminster
Fuller with a model
of a geodestic dome


1952 r.

ZAPRASZAMY NA SPEKTAKLE:

7.00 PM
Monday
7.00 PM
Tuesday
7.00 PM
Wednesday

Performances will be played out in English.
They will be subtitled in Polish.


THE JULIUSZ SŁOWACKI THEATRE
The Miniatura Stage

pl. Św. Ducha 2
31-023 Kraków
teatrwkrakowie.pl/sceny/scena-miniatura 

Buckminster
Fuller with a model
of a geodestic dome


1952 r.

Buckminster
Fuller with a model
of a geodestic dome


1952 r.

R. Buckminster Fuller - hero

Who was Buckminster Fuller E.J. Applewhite

Buckminster Fuller had one of the most fascinating and original minds of his century. Born in 1895 in Milton, Massachusetts, he was the latest – if not the last – of the New England Transcendentalists. (...) Fuller was an architect, though he never got a degree and in fact didn’t even get a license until he was awarded one as an honor when he was in his late 60s. This did not prevent him from designing the geodesic dome: the only kind of building that can be set on the ground as a complete structure – and with no limiting dimension. The strength of the frame actually increases in ratio to its size, enclosing the largest volume of space with the least area of surface. This was his virtuoso invention, and he said it illustrated his strategy of “starting with wholes” rather than parts. He was also a poet, philosopher, inventor and mathematician. (...)

D.W. Jacobs

D.W. Jacobs/p>

D. W. JACOBS - author

D. W. JACOBS is a playwright, director, actor, teacher and producer. Before turning to theater, he studied science, mathematics, international relations and political geography. He brings a multi-disciplinary approach to his work and teaching. He started directing because he wanted to see Frank Wedekind’s plays staged. He began writing scripts at Cal Arts in classes taught by Alexander Mackendrick, the respected British film director. To create jobs for himself and others, he co-founded San Diego Repertory Theatre in 1976 with Sam Woodhouse. He worked there as Artistic Director for twenty years, resigning in 1997 to focus on independent projects. Jacobs is now working on stage and film adaptations of various literary works, and he is developing original scripts for theater, film and digital video. He has won over 15 awards from Dramalogue and San Diego Critics Circle for his work as a director and actor.

His play R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE premiered at San Diego Rep in 2000. The Foghouse production played in San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle (Intiman Theatre). Performed by Ron Campbell, it had over 600 performances. David Novak performed the play at NC Stage Company in 2012 during the Re-VIEWING Black Mountain College 4 Conference with Thematic Focus on Buckminster Fuller's Legacy.

David Novak
as Buckminster
Fuller performing in
Wroclaw, 2015


Photo by:
Andrzej Solnica

<

David Novak
as Buckminster
Fuller performing in
Wroclaw, 2015


Photo by:
Andrzej Solnica

David Novak - actor

David Novak is an award-winning storyteller, author and actor. Recipient of the Oscar of the storytelling world, the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network and as a Master Storyteller for the Disney Institute, Novak is a master of all storytelling genres bringing hundreds of stories to life. Whether performing at the National Storytelling Festival before thousands or in front of a small group of wide-eyed children, audiences savor each sentence and anxiously anticipate the next.  He immerses himself completely in a story and embodies each character.  His love of telling is inescapable. David Novak is A Telling Experience!

David says he was 15 years old when he first became interested in Fuller. It was 1970, and the Apollo mission had landed men on the moon. “I was saturated with the science-inspired hopes of the times.” Influenced by a mother who was a science teacher and a father who started an aerospace engineering company, David was a would-be poet, philosopher, and actor as a teenager. In the midst of the mix of arts and sciences at that time, Fuller was calling for everyone to do their own thinking:

„Only the individual disregards his fears and can deliberately find the time to think in a cosmically adequate manner.”