By Aaron Kagan

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‘Helios’ by Ron Rosenfeld, a Staged Reading

January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Free – $15

“Helios” is the story of Eadweard Muybridge, the man who captured time. He was a pioneering 19th century photographer whose efforts to freeze time and motion established the basis for cinematography.

Hired by Governor Leland Stanford to settle a wager as to whether a galloping horse ever has all four feet off the ground simultaneously, Muybridge employed a battery of cameras that sequentially captured the horse in full stride.

Viewing a world in motion through the confines of his narrow lens, Muybridge failed to see his young wife’s adultery until, confronted by the realization that he was not the father of his newborn son, he cold-bloodedly murdered his wife’s lover. In a controversial and celebrated trial, Muybridge was acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide, only to discover that Stanford had taken credit for his work. “Helios” is the tragic story of an artist who could only see the world through his camera…who could arrest time and motion, but never force them to move backwards. Dr. Rosenfeld wrote this story in a play format that will be performed as a staged reading by several actors, with Muybridge’s photography embedded throughout the play.

Dr. Ron Rosenfeld is Professor and Chair (emeritus) of Pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University and President, STAT5, LLC. He is an internationally renowned authority on the endocrine basis of growth and development and has been at the forefront of understanding the biology of growth hormone and growth factors for over 30 years. He is the author of over 660 publications, eight edited books and three plays.

Door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors are available. Contact or (650) 223-8741 by January 10 to make a reservation.

$15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card.


January 15
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free – $15
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Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303 United States
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About Aaron Kagan

Aaron Kagan is a freelance writer living in the Boston area. He blogs at