Marc Spiegel remembers the Washington Star’s front-page report of Albert Einstein’s passing:
I was too young to fully understand the article, but I knew someone very important had passed on. As a child, math and science were not my strongest subjects, but throughout my life I have always been drawn to the revelations of physics. Writing and dramatically creating Einstein Alive!, I have discovered the joy of developing an increasingly stronger grasp of the concepts of physics. I love sharing that joy with young people. I have also discovered the great thrill and honor of finding the voice of Albert Einstein within myself.
As a political science graduate student at Harvard, Marc began writing and performing stories in narrative verse. He wrote his first performance piece, A Grubrag Ballad, one verse at a time. He would perform what he had written so far, and the next verse would spontaneously emerge.
Working in San Francisco during its golden era of street performance in the 1970’s, Marc began weaving poetic stories with bits of songs in performances full of changing rhythms and leaps across the barrier between the audience and the performer. Stories involving extensive audience participation are his specialty.
After performing at a school showcase event in Queens, New York, the event organizer, Joan Lavin, came to him and urged him to create a new show applying his storytelling skill and distinctive voice to an important historical character. His childhood memories came back to him and Einstein Alive! was born.
Marc Spiegel has performed both his original stories and his one-man play, Einstein Alive! in schools, libraries, festivals, museums and theaters. In Einstein Alive!, Marc brings Einstein to life, taking his audience on an interactive journey through the adventures in his mind using song and audience participation. Marc has performed as Einstein from the Arctic Ocean in Barrow, Alaska to the Everglades in Florida as well as in Canada, South Korea and the Dominican Republic. He has won a Cine Golden Eagle Award for his DVD “Einstein’s Miracle Year” produced in conjunction with the American Physical Society and was commissioned by NASA’s ASK Magazine to write an article about the development of his program.
As a storyteller, Marc has performed at thousands of schools, off Broadway at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater and asa featured performer at the White House "Millennium on the Mall" celebration. Marc has also collaborated with Roberta Gasbarre of Simthsonian’s Discovery Theater to create a one-man show depicting Emmanuel Ringelblum, chronicler of the Warsaw Ghetto at the request of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.