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Kal Penn to narrate ‘Fantastic Journey’ at the Paramount

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on May 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm with No Comments »
May 28, 2013 7:20 pm

pennYou might know actor Kal Pann as cinematic stoner Kumar or, in real life, as an Obama adiministration director. On June 6 he takes on the role of narrator when he takes the stage at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for the West Coast Premiere of “Icarus at the Edge of Time.”

Penn is joining the Seattle Science Festival as the narrator for the opening night’s performance of the multimedia work.

Penn is perhaps best known for playing the role of Kumar in the “Harold and Kumar” film series. He also portrayed Dr. Kutner in TV’s “House.” Penn left acting for a while to serve as the Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement to President Obama.

“Icarus at the Edge of Time” combine film and live performance and will complement talks by theoretical physicists Brian Greene, Sean Carroll and Adam Frank.

Here’s more from the announcement:

Icarus features a script by Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang and an original score by Philip Glass to be performed by the Garfield Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marcus Tsutakawa. This innovative and highly creative story, providing a modern interpretation of the myth of Icarus, is told against a stunning visual backdrop created by renowned British film-makers Al + Al. In this version of the story, though, instead of flying too close to the sun, the young boy defies his father to challenge the formidable power of a black hole. Penn’s narration will weave together the visual and musical elements, taking the audience on an amazing journey at the limits of space and time.

In addition to comedic appearances on popular TV shows and films, Penn hosted live stream coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. As a serious supporter of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the arts, Penn now hosts The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, a new reality show on the Discovery Channel in which competing teams are given only 30 minutes to solve seemingly impossible engineering challenges. Off-screen, Penn leverages this new show, and his boundless energy and enthusiasm, to excite younger audiences about STEM education and career opportunities. Penn was also recently recognized for his advocacy efforts during the White House Science Fair on April 22, where he interfaced with the next generation of innovators.

Tickets are on sale now for this awe-inspiring event that explores the extreme boundaries of science at the borders of the philosophical: Beyond Infinity? The Search for Understanding at the Limits of Space and Time at

Showcasing the best scientific, technological and educational resources the region has to offer, the Seattle Science Festival is organized by Pacific Science Center in collaboration with the community’s cultural, educational, research and business communities.

The 2013 Seattle Science Festival is an 11-day science extravaganza that will take place from June 6 – 16 with the goal of elevating the importance of science, technology, engineering and math to our community’s culture and prosperity. The Festival will feature over 100 Signature Programs that showcase fun and exciting exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours and concerts at venues throughout Washington state. In Seattle, Science EXPO Day, June 8, will showcase more than 150 free, family-friendly exhibits throughout the grounds of Seattle Center.

Program support for the Seattle Science Festival comes from Seattle Center, The Boeing Company, Aerojet, Amgen, Digipen Institute of Technology, Facebook – Seattle, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Google, Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft and Ordinary People Foundation. Alaska Airlines is the official airline partner. Seattle Times and KOMO are media partners.

Icarus at the Edge of Time was commissioned and produced by World Science Festival (New York) with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Southbank Centre (London) with the Royal Society. Co-commissioned by Associazione Festival della Scienza with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Glasgow’s Concert Halls. Executive Producers: Tracy Day, World Science Festival, New York; Gillian Moore, Southbank Centre, London in collaboration with the Royal Society.

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