The desire that guides me in all I do is the desire to
harness the forces of nature to the service of mankind.
- Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla has been called many things – Wizard, Showman, Prophet, Charlatan, Magician and Father of the 20th Century.
He created three-dimensional machines in his mind that would change the course of the world, spoke nine languages and often worked for days on end with little sleep. He loved pigeons, but detested germs. He had dinner every night at Delmonico’s, later at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, at exactly 8:10 PM, always served by the headwaiter and always with 18 (the power of 3) napkins on the table to polish the cutlery. He ate alone and lived alone.
He was working on technologies that would have given the world free power, and his labs burnt down, were sold for $180 worth of lumber or were dynamited. He was a strange and obsessive man with some of the most radical ideas the world has ever known. He died largely ignored and forgotten, but today he is recognized by physicists, electrical engineers, inventors, steam punks and academics as one of history’s greatest geniuses.
The Tesla Project plans to celebrate this man, with all his strangeness and all his genius, and perform our part in reminding people of his vision. We will begin with our play and then - wherever the story takes us.