Albert Einstein and Marian Anderson were good friends. But a new play at Ford’s Theatre only scratches the surface.

Set within the overdue 1930s in Albert Einstein’s Princeton, N.J., house, Brevoort’s 100-minute play considerations the real-life mutual admiration society between two virtuosos, the maestro of theoretical physics and the respected contralto Marian Anderson. The play, below Sheldon Epps’s route at Ford’s Theatre, culminates in one of the vital foundational occasions within the fight for civil rights: Anderson’s ancient 1939 live performance on the Lincoln Memorial, a leap forward for a Black artist who, regardless of her acclaim, suffered the indignities of Jim Crow racism.

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