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International touring company Matheatre presents one-man drama exploring the inner life of inventor Nikola Tesla

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International touring company Matheatre presents one-man drama exploring the inner life of inventor Nikola Tesla

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, Ariz—Eastern Arizona College’s Science and Fine Arts Divisions are proud to host Tesla from the Machine! a free, one-night-only musical presented by Matheatre. This special event is scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Attendees are encouraged to come early; the doors will open at 7 p.m. for interactive demonstrations by EAC science faculty. Professor David Morris will be demonstrating a Jacobs Ladder, a Static Generator, and a Human Circuit Energy Stick. Physics Associate Professor Karen Preston will demonstrate a capacitor bank that discharges through a coil to throw CDs into the air. EAC Discovery Park Director Paul Anger and Jack Madsen will have their Van De Graaff Generator on hand to demonstrate static electricity. Admission for both events is free so bring a friend.

In 1892, famed inventor Nikola Tesla awoke with partial amnesia. Using his incredible willpower, he pieced his life back, memory by memory. Tesla from the Machine examines science and humanity through a virtuosic, one-man performance.

Live demonstrations of some of Tesla’s most renowned experiments are framed by a touching exploration of what it means to be human in an age of technology. Alongside scientific content, Tesla from the Machine delves into the complicated relationships in the inventor's life, including his infamous rivalry with Thomas Edison and friendship with Mark Twain.

“At the intersection of arts and academics, Matheatre brings dynamic STEM-based theatrical experiences that offer creative access points to science and math,” said EAC Dean of Instruction, Dr. Phil McBride. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate history, diversity, the arts, and science with friends and family.”

Best known for the perennial math classroom hit Calculus: The Musical! Matheatre is an acclaimed STEM-based touring company, traveling internationally to schools, colleges, theaters, and museums with imaginative programming including:

Tesla from the Machine; Calculus: The Musical!; and the chemistry-themed musical Curie Me Away!

For more information contact Dr. Phil McBride, at (928) 428-8404 or by email at