November 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm EST | by Steve Charing
‘Breaking the Code’ chronicles Turing
Alan Turing, gay news, Washington Blade

Alan Turing (Photo courtesy of King’s College Library)

APL Allies in the Workplace of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will present “Breaking the Code,” based on Andrew Hodges’ book, Alan Turing: The Enigma, on weekends running Nov. 9–16 at the Kossiakoff Center on its campus, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd. in Laurel.

Directed by Patti Restivo of Laurel, the play dramatizes the true story of British mathematician Alan Turing, who is considered the unsung father of computers by many scholars. Credited with cracking Hitler’s U-boat Enigma codes, Turing laid the foundation for the field of artificial intelligence. Shortly thereafter, the British government convicted him of gross indecency under an 1885 law that targeted homosexual men.

Performances run Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, at 1 p.m.; Friday, Nov.15 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Admission to “Breaking the Code” is free; however, reservations are highly recommended. Register at

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