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Before Computer Geeks Ruled The World 

Wednesday, Oct 23 2013

Earlier this year Universal Pictures announced it would be remaking Weird Science, the '80s classic that got nerdy computer hobbyists all riled up at the possibility that the geeky little machines hidden away in their bedrooms and garages could give them anything, even supermodel girlfriends. That remake is still in the works — but in this month's Stage Werx Theatre production First, Jeremy Khan as revolutionary nerd Bill Gates has a little more in mind (or does he?) when he gives a speech on personal computers at the first Altair computer conference in 1976. "Tomorrow will be unlike anything you've ever dreamed," a 20-year-old Gates says to conference goers. "And our software will be the oxygen to breathe all these machines — and all of you — into the future." In our current world of super-personal computing, a look back at the obsessive visions of the pioneers who shaped the future of PCs in 1976 is of course fascinating from a technological and historical standpoint. But playwright Evelyn Jean Pine makes sure to embed the very young, stressed-but-impassioned version of Gates within her fascinating research, taking us back to that kooky time when we were on the verge of some real-world weird science.

Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 10. Continues through Nov. 3, 2013

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