Alter Ego Productions is proud to present the world premiere of A FIRST CLASS MAN

Alter Ego's next production, David Freeman's A First Class Man , is the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, widely considered twentieth century's most famous mathematical prodigy, and his fortuitous and successful collaboration with the Cambridge don and mathematician, Professor GH Hardy.

A First Class Man will be performed from October 5 to 21st at The 45th Street Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. (between Eighth and Ninth Avenue). Tickets are available at or (212) 868-4444. Performances: October 5 to 21: Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm (except Fri Oct 6 at 7 pm); Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm

Previously, Alter Ego produced Who's Afraid of Vijay Tendulkar?, Fatwa, Indian Ink, Chaos Theory, and Hayavadana. Our most successful production to date — the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink — ran at the Soho Repertory Theater from August 16, 2003 through September 7, 2003. It was a critical and popular success prompting us to extend it to a short Off-Broadway run and TheaterMania to list it under the 2003's category for "Shows You Should Have Seen But Probably Didn't".


Alter Ego is delighted that Columbia University's Mathematics Department along with the Columbia University Arts Initiative has decided to host an Evening on Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan: His Life and Work, on 29th September, 2006. The panel of eminent speakers includes experts on Ramanujan's field of number theory and in colonial studies, who will examine the context of Ramanujan's contribution in the time of British colonial India, as well as more ethnographic antecedents of scientific logic in contrast to Cartesian rationalism in vogue in western scientific discourse. The panelists include:

Freeman Dyson: Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Sciences, the Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton.
Peter C Sarnak : Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University
Dorian Goldfeld: Professor of Mathematics, Columbia University
Gauri Viswanathan: Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
David Freeman: Playwright of A First Class Man
Harish S Bhat: Assistant Professor, Applied Science and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University

The evening will begin at 6:30 PM, with a series of short presentations by each speaker followed by a moderated panel discussion open to the audience. The evening will conclude at 9:00 PM, followed by a reception at the Columbia Mathematics Department.

Date: 29th September, 2006.
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Venue: Room 312, Mathematics Department, Columbia University, 116th Street and Broadway .

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