A documentary by Robin Truesdale
Who tells the best stories? Your grandmother!
When 80 year-old director Len Barron decides to cast eight grandmothers in his stage play about Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, he expects his unconventional casting to illuminate the sense of wonder and playfulness he admires in the famous 20th century physicists. What he doesn’t expect is the depth and grace of the grandmothers’ performances, which captivate live audiences as the women reveal the untold chapters in the scientists’ biographies: not their genius, but their lifelong commitments to friendship, peace and education. But while the stories of Einstein and Niels Bohr are enchanting, the grandmothers steal the show. Behind the curtain, their intersecting life experiences create a new narrative of struggle and triumph, as a Latina abuela surmounts her struggles with spoken English, an African American grandma reflects on her lifelong fight for civil rights; and an Anglo grandmother recalls being a teenager during WWII. As the women progress from rehearsals to the stage, they reveal their own strengths and remind us that one doesn’t have to be a genius to be inspiring. This film’s powerful message extends beyond age, gender, and even science – it’s an affirmation of the value of playfulness and imagination within us all.