The Life and Times of Albert Einstein, A One-Act Play Written By and Starring Acclaimed Actress Kres Mersky, Takes the Stage at Caltech

Published : Wednesday, January 8, 2020 | 11:41 AM

CaltechLive! is pleased to present The Life and Times of A. Einstein at Beckman Auditorium on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

This comedic and thought-provoking play is based on the life of Helen Dukas, the woman who ran Albert Einstein’s domestic affairs and is also thought to have had an ongoing romantic affair with the Nobel laureate.

When the play begins, the year is 1934. Albert Einstein has fled Nazi Germany with his family and his secretary, “Ellen,” played by Kres Mersky. It is his birthday and reporters have gathered in his living room to interview him on this special occasion. He is late.

The play is a hilarious and touching portrait of Ellen, an Einstein loyalist, as well as a humanizing look into the great thinker’s life, as seen through the eyes of the people around him.

For historical reference and a bit of Caltech trivia: Einstein was a visiting scientist at Caltech for three winter terms: 1931, 1932, and 1933. By 1934, the year this play takes place, Einstein had settled in the United States in Princeton, New Jersey.

Beckman Auditorium is in the heart of Pasadena. It is located at 332 S. Michigan Avenue, Pasadena.

Tickets can be purchased at the Caltech Ticket Office, 1200 E. California Boulevard, Pasadena. Online at or by phone: (626) 395-4652

Here’s a sneak peek: Kres Mersky in The Life and Times of A. Einstein:






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