Mr. Ayala in “Incognito”

By Gabriel R.

Part time actor, but better known as an Economics and Modern World History at Galileo, Mr. Ayala, is one of the main character’s in the play “Incognito”, which is being performed at the Diego Rivera Theater on the CCSF Ocean Campus for one more weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In the performance, Mr. Ayala’s plays Dr. Harvey, a character he really enjoys playing because Dr. Harvey has so many attributes that bring the play to life. Mr. Ayala says, “I love my character (Dr. Harvey) because he is very flawed; he cut up a brain, he is sort of insane, and it’s neat to play someone with obvious flaws. The play is extremely well written because it’s human.”

When Mr. Ayala landed his part last November, he researched the true story of Dr. Harvey for 2 months, and had been rehearsing the plan since mid January before last weekend’s big opening. 

“Incognito”, created by Nick Payne and directed by John Wilk, is the semi-true story of Dr. Thomas Harvey, who was given the task of performing the autopsy on Albert Einstein when Einstein died. Since Einstein was known as the smartest person of the 20th century, Dr. Harvey took the brain and kept it for himself to “analyze the brain.”

At the same time, journalist Michael Wolf wants to interview Einstein’s kids after he passed away to write a story about the type of father Einstein was. Both Evelyn and Hans Einstein find out that Dr. Harvey took the brain and try to convince Dr. Harvey to give back the brain. After Dr. Harvey refused, Michael changes his entire story to focus on the psychopath Dr. Harvey and exposes him for stealing Einstein’s brain, which eventually leads to Dr. Harvey giving back the brain.

The play itself is both funny and intense. I would rate it a 8/10 and would highly recommend anyone to see it. Since everyone knows who Albert Einstein was, the story is more compelling to see what happened to him after he died. The only critique I have about the play is it would have been nice to have a little more context to the story because the play starts abruptly with all the characters following a corrigrafted neuron dancing, which, according to  Mr. Ayala is “meant to show how the flow of electrons go around the human brain.”

If you would like to see “Incognito” for yourself, the show times are this Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 10th at 2:00pm. See Mr. Ayala in room 263 for more information and maybe a free ticket.

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