Wichita Community Theatre will continue its 2017-2018 Season with Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore from January 24 - February 4, 2018.
Breaking the Code tells the story of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, who was a key player in the cracking of the German Enigma code. This enabled allied forces to foresee German maneuvers and win World War II. Meanwhile, he was also unapologetically homosexual at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain. It was on Churchill's specific instructions that Turing was given all the resources he required - and his personal behavior tolerated. Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was put on trial for breaking another code the taboo against homosexuality. He was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments that left him physically and mentally debilitated. He died a suicide, forgotten and alone. This play thematically links Turing's cryptographic activities with his attempts to grapple with his homosexuality.
*There is a special opening night ticket price of $10 for Jan. 24 performance only.