The Kepler Story is about the life and discoveries of 17th century Astronomer and Mathematician, Johannes Kepler (played by veteran screen actor Norbert Weisser of Schindler’s List and Pollack) It is about discovery, history, science and it explores the connection between consciousness and the universe. Writer/ director, Buddhist teacher Nina Wise tells the story of a young man who at the age of 24 had an epiphany that everything in the universe is connected. The narrative revolves around Kepler’s unique capacity to integrate a worldview steeped in mysticism with a rigorous scientific perspective based on observation and experimentation. With the Scientific Revolution in the background illuminating the huge split between science and religion, Kepler stood alone and steadfast in his belief that everything in the universe is connected. The story of Kepler’s life, including his discovery of the three laws of planetary motion (which removed Earth once and for all from its anthropocentric position at the center of the Universe) is a true tale where history, religion, passion, and science intersect..
The Kepler Story is also cutting edge theater. The piece integrates spectacular visuals developed by the Morrison Planetarium Visualization Studio, haunting music by avant-garde cellist Zoë Keating, and sound design by multiple Emmy Award-winner Christopher Hedge. All facets of the piece are designed to be performed inside Morrison Planetarium