World War II hero’s tragic life portrayed in ‘Breaking the Code’ at Chesapeake Arts Center

The Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park presents the play Breaking the Code June 8-17.
The Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park presents the play Breaking the Code June 8-17. (Wendi Winters / Staff)

The life and death of famed mathematician and engineer Alan Turing will be portrayed in the play Breaking the Code at the Chesapeake Arts Center June 8-17.

One of the leading minds behind the creation of cryptanalysis — the practice of deciphering coded messages — Turing helped end World War II by developing an electromechanical device that analyzed German code. He is behind several major advancements in the field, and also developed the central concept of the modern computer.


This discovery was presented in the same 1936 paper he wrote that proved a universal algorithmic method of determining truth in math cannot exist.

Turing’s life took a tragic turn, however, when he was arrested for homosexuality in 1952. During this time, homosexuality was illegal in the United Kingdom, and Turing was forced to decide between jail time or undergoing treatments in an effort to change his sexuality.


Turing chose the treatments and received hormones that ultimately impaired him physically and mentally.

Turing was found dead in 1954. Officials determined his death was a suicide caused by cyanide poisoning, however, some argue the death may have been an accident.

Directed by Hugh Whitemore, Breaking the Code begins in 1952 and flashes back to key times in Turing’s life that led to his untimely death.

For tickets, showtimes and more information, call Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park, at (410) 636-6597 or visit http://www.chesapeakearts.org/.

Cornhole on the Corner

St. John Lutheran Church, 33 W. Maple Road, will host an evening of cornhole June 9, 5-8 p.m. Players of all levels are invited and should bring lawn chairs and their own cornhole equipment, although some will be provided.

Meals are available for $5 and include a hot dog, chips, a cookie and a beverage. Alcohol is prohibited at this family event. Call the church office for more information at (410) 859-0020.

Library events

The Brooklyn Park Community Library at 1 E. 11th Ave. will host its Preschool Story Time, for ages three to five with an adult, May 31 and June 7 at 10:30 a.m. It will also offer Toddler Time, for ages 18 to 36 months with an adult, at 10:30 a.m., and Music and Movement at 11 a.m. June 4.

For more information, call (410) 222-6260.

Installation of district officers

The GWFC of Linthicum Heights Woman’s Club will host a board of directors meeting and lunch June 9, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the group’s clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum.

The meeting will start with a meet and greet, and at 11 a.m., the installation of the club’s new officers will begin. Lunch provided by J. Burke Catering is available for $25 and will include lemon herb chicken, grilled vegetables, salad and dessert.

Reservations are required by June 4 and can be made by calling (410) 289-9165 or (410) 251-6798, or by sending an email to onsunsetbay@aol.com or bben360@aol.com.

Youth safety awareness, self defense class

The Zanewood Recreation Center, 7100 Zane Ave. North in Brooklyn Park, will offer a youth safety and self-defense class on Fridays, June 15-Aug. 10, at various times. Eighth-degree blackbelt Norm Rolando will teach beginner, intermediate and advanced self-defense and self-discipline techniques.


All course material is provided, including a structured curriculum and belt test. Call (763) 315-8444 for more information and to register.

Yoga, Chair Yoga

The Linthicum Heights UMC, 200 School Lane, will offer yoga and chair yoga, on Mondays, beginning June 4, in the Fellowship Hall. Yoga 1, for new and continuing students, will be held at 5:30 p.m., and Yoga 1-2, for those with experience, will be held at 7 p.m., on June 4, 11 and 18, with no class on June 25.

Chair yoga, a gentle form of yoga that is performed with the help of or in a chair, will be offered on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., beginning June 5.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing suitable for movement and bring yoga mats with a small towel or blanket to class. The cost is $15 for the three-week session, or $5 per single class.

Call Nanette at (443) 838-5814 or send an email to nettewerk@hotmail.com for more information.

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