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Boson Higgs, Science Detective

  A Series of Original Audio Dramas
Characters created by Nick Martorelli
 

INFO:
  Boson Higgs is a scientist. He is also a detective. And he brings his scientific knowledge to solving crimes. Not knowledge like fingerprints, DNA, forensics, or footprint analysis, though. Scientific knowledge like temporal displacements, quantum mechanics, string theory, and the Drake equation. Luckily for him (and us), his partner Brianna Green helps him investigate, translates his scientific mumbo and/or jumbo, and remind him that he needs to get paid. But together, they always solve the case through science... while over-complicating the case through science.
 
 Episodes of Boson Higgs, Science Detective combine film noir mystery with Mr. Wizard science shenanigans to deliver comedy and crime (and science!) rolled into one. Each episode
 
  Boson Higgs and Brianna Green have appeared in three episodes to date, and information about all three shows can be found on this project page.
 


Jensen Bucher and Lucas Nguyen as Brianna Green and Boson Higgs

Chemistry.... Noir!

Performed live as a part of First Friday programming at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, November 5, 2010.
 
A mysterious threat is delivered to the director of the Historical Heritage Museum, and Boson Higgs is surprised to find himself named within it. Aided by his partner Brianna Green, Higgs must decipher the note if he is to prevent the theft. But when the thief strikes under his very nose, can Higgs and Green put the clues together to discover the identity of the thief before he (or she) gets away with the crime?
 
Calculate the probability of doom, navigate entangled particles, and overcome the kinetic energy of crime with Boson Higgs, Science Detective. Watch and listen to the funny and dangerous side of chemistry from the sleuth that's seen it all.
 
This project has been supported by
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage 
Through the Heritage Philadelphia Program. 
 
 
 
 
 PHOTO GALLERY:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CAST
   Lucas Nguyen..................Boson Higgs
   Jensen Bucher..................Brianna Green
   Andrea Pinyan..................Mrs. Thackeray
   Matt Dell'Olio....................Mr. Tritton, Mr. Reynolds
   Sarah J. Gafgen................On-stage Producer
 
 Live sound effects performed by members of the cast.
 
CREW
   Written and directed by...Nick Martorelli
   Original music by.............Drew Petersen
   Stage Managed by..........Sarah J. Gafgen
 
 

  
 
Jensen Bucher and Lucas Nguyen perform live.

The cast performs live. Note the plastic cup in Andrea's hand making the sound effect of acid eating through glass.
The cast and crew of "Chemistry...Noir!"  (Sarah J Gafgen, Matt Dell'Olio, Jensen Bucher, Nick Martorelli, Lucas Nguyen, Andrea Pinyan)
Matt Dell'Olio performs a double role.
Andrea Pinyan as Mrs. Thackeray
"The MacGregor Engagement Set is missing!"  (End of Act One)
Andrea Pinyan delivers a knockout performance on the commercial halfway through the episode.  Lucas really agrees with her.


The Peer-Reviewed Journals of Boson Higgs, Science Detective

Performed live as a part of Fringe Wilmington 2010. Sept 29-Oct 2, 2010.
 
When valuable documents are discovered missing from an impenetrable location, it seems an impossible theft. Luckily for the baffled Detective Jordan, Boson Higgs, the Science Detective, specializes in the impossible (at least, that's what it says on his business card.) Aided by his partner Brianna Green, Higgs must use his scientific genius (and her common sense) to unravel the strands of the puzzle and solve the case. 
 
The Peer-Reviewed Journals of Boson Higgs, Science Detective combines classic film noir mystery with Mr. Wizard science schenanigans to deliver comedy and crime (and science!) rolled into one. A versatile cast performs the audio drama, enhanced by live sound effects and an original musical score. The production includes another short comedy, recalling the Hollywood tradition of the cartoon before the feature.
 

  
 
PHOTO GALLERY:
 
        
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CAST
   Lucas Nguyen..................Boson Higgs
   Jensen Bucher..................Brianna Green
   Rachel Gluck.....................Detective Jordan
   Stephen Lyon...................Mr. Burbank
   Jennifer MacMillan............Valerie Burbank
   Michael McElroy................Charlie Tuscany
   Nick Troy..........................Live Sound Effects
   Andrea Pinyan.................On-Stage Producer
 
 STAFF:
   Directed by.......................Cara Blouin
   Written by.........................Nick Martorelli
   Original Music by...............Drew Petersen
 
This production was sponsored in part by Flashpoint Theatre Company. For tickets and information, visit www.flashpointtheatre.org
The cast of The Peer-Reviewed Journals of Boson Higgs, Science Detective
Michael McElroy as Charlie Tuscany
Jennifer MacMillan as Valerie Burbank
Stephen Lyons, Jennifer MacMillan, and Lucas Nguyen record a radio fistfight.

Jensen Bucher and Lucas Nguyen perform the opening scene.

Rachel Gluck as Detective Jordan
Stephen Lyons as Mr. Burbank
Sound artist Nick Troy performs the live sound effects.
 

Guilty=mc2

Performed live at OnStage Philadelphia, sponsored by REP Radio and Plays and Players Theatre, on April 12, 2010.
 
A beautiful woman comes to Boson Higgs with a simple request. She has been receiving death threats, and she needs his help to discover the identity of the person sending them. Investigating the scene of the crime, Boson Higgs and Brianna Green discover a series of clues that leads them to a conclusion that is so bizarre, it might just be true.
 
This is the first episode of "Boson Higgs, Science Detective."
 
 
   PHOTO GALLERY:
 
 
CAST
   Lucas Nguyen..................Boson Higgs
   Alayna Sands...................Brianna Green
   Julia Frey.........................Veronica Drake
   Andrea Pinyan.................Live Sound Effects
 
 STAFF:
   Directed by.......................Cara Blouin
   Written by.........................Nick Martorelli
 
 
Alayna Sands and Lucas Nguyen as Brianna Green and Boson Higgs. Julia Frey waits for her entrance.
Alayna Sands as Brianna Green
Lucas Nguyen as Boson Higgs
At rehearsal for the show. Nick and Andrea are working on the technical setup while the actors perform a sound check.

Julia Frey as the femme fatale Veronica Drake.
Nick sets up the computer while Andrea tests a sound effect.