True story: The word robot comes from the Czech word robota, which means “labor,” specifically forced labor, of the kind a serf would do. The word made its first appearance in 1921, in a play called R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek, whose brother, Josef, coined the term. The play is all about fun sci-fi stuff like robot underclass revolutions (another r.u.r.) and the nature of the human soul. And, you know, totalitarianism. Naturally, it’s a riot.
And it’s coming to Caltech this weekend! Specifically, it’s being produced by T.A.C.I.T. (that is, Theater Arts at the California Institute of Technology — science-types sure love their acronyms), and directed by Brian Brophy. Should be a smash.
R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)
Thursday – Saturday, November 12 – 14, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 15, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Dabney Lounge, Caltech
320 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena
$18 general admission, $9 seniors and students (18+)
For tickets call 626.395.4652
For information visit tacit.caltech.edu or events.caltech.edu