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“Fire from Heaven” Comes to Whitworth for One-Night Only Performance April 3

March 30, 2023

Whitworth University is pleased to host a free performance of the one-actor show Fire From Heaven: Michael Faraday and the Dawn of the Electrical Age. The production is coming to Whitworth University for a one-night-only performance on Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium.

The one-act play tells the compelling true story of Michael Faraday, one of the greatest experimental scientists of the 19th century. A man of strong personal faith, Faraday was largely self-educated due to religious discrimination he encountered in school.  

Faraday’s scientific achievements include discoveries about electricity, magnetism and light, as well as the invention of the electric motor.     

Acclaimed British playwright Murray Watts wrote and directed the play. Critics have recommended his work for anyone interested in how science and faith interact.

Actor Andrew Harrison plays Faraday and a number of other characters in the show, including Faraday’s wife, his employer and his employer’s wife. Harrison has worked in film, television, theatre and radio for more than 30 years. He previously played Charles Darwin in Murray Watts’ Mr. Darwin’s Tree. 

This play is part of Whitworth’s commitment to a three-year grant from Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, in partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities with funds from the John Templeton Foundation.  

Fire From Heaven: Michael Faraday and the Dawn of the Electrical Age is free and open to the public. 

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or