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Breaking the Code - Full Length Play, Drama

Breaking the Code

Hugh Whitemore

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Full Length Play, Drama

7m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573690860

"Powerful, rivetting drama." - N.Y. Daily News.

"Elegant and poignant." - Time Magazine.

"The most important serious play of the season." - Christian Science Monitor.

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Full Length Play

Drama

Derek Jacobi took London and Broadway by storm in this exceptional biographical drama about a man who broke too many codes: the eccentric genius Alan Turing who played a major role in winning the World War II; he broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee German maneuvers. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was put on trial for breaking another code the taboo against homosexuality. Turing, who was also the first to conceive of computers, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments which left him physically and mentally debilitated. He died a suicide, forgotten and alone. This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.
"Powerful, rivetting drama." - N.Y. Daily News.

"Elegant and poignant." - Time Magazine.

"The most important serious play of the season." - Christian Science Monitor.

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Leroy Clark 12/6/2015 11:30 PM
Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore tells the personal and true story of Alan Turing. He was a genius mathematician and engineer in Britain who played a leading role in winning World War II. He created a machine that decoded the Nazi's secret messages, thereby ending World War II early and saving 12 million lives. He also created the first computer. Since his work was classified as top secret for years after the war, the general public knew nothing of him when he was arrested for homosexuality. He was sentenced to undergo hormone treatments that left him physically and mentally impaired. Alone and forgotten, he committed suicide. Whitemore's play begins in 1952 and flashes back to illuminate important elements in his life up to that point and then continues through the events leading to his arrest, the aftereffects of that, and his death. It's a riveting, powerful drama. It is the same story as the award-winning film "The Imitation Game," but it's focus is on his personal life not his professional successes. It's a well-constructed drama with excellent acting roles, moving, funny, and heart-breaking.
Brian Spencer 3/11/2015 12:20 PM
This play gives an interesting view of Alan Turing.  With the prominence of 'The Imitation Game' it may become producible again.  
Val Hendrickson 12/29/2014 4:47 PM
A well constructed little play, excellent roles for actors.

It took 3 weeks to receive it via 1st class mail.

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