One of the 20th century’s greatest, yet most often overlooked, thinkers is getting his dues, care of a new one-man show coming to the Arena Stage this May. For one month only, “R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE” will be exploring the titanic concepts spawned by the polymath who gave the world the geodesic dome, “Spaceship Earth,” and a way of finding the future yesterday.

Written and directed by longtime Fuller devotee D.W. Jacobs, Arena Stage describes “History” as “a dazzling, virtuoso multimedia performance…[that] may not only change your life but the life of our planet as well.” Taking on the role of Fuller himself is Arena and Olney Theatre veteran Rick Foucheux, who’ll be faced with the challenge of guiding audiences through visions of a future populated by 4-D Tower Houses, zeppelins and a global citizenry bent on furthering its own evolution.

“Bucky” Fuller spent the majority of his lifetime pondering ways to better the human race in the next century and, now that the 21st century is indeed upon us, there’s never more apt time to reexamine the ideas of man most certainly ahead of his. In conjunction with the show, several area institutions — including the National Building Museum, American University and even Nerd Nite — will be hosting Fuller-inspired lectures, symposiums and exhibitions. A complete listing can be found here.

“THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE” plays at the Arena Stage at Crystal City from May 28th – July 4th, 2010. Tickets start at $47. Get them here.

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