Summiteers see few sights. What with arms control negotiations in the morning and state dinners at night,the Gorbachevs might never see the real Washington. In the interest of world peace, Post readers are suggesting stops on a highly unofficial tour of the area's lesser-known charms.
Today's guide: Marissa Copeland, an actress in the company at Arena Stage. Her most recent major role was Mary Warren in "The Crucible."
Destination: the Albert Einstein Memorial, on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences at 21st Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
"The statue is really cuddly. Mr. Gorbachev will be drawn to sit in his lap, I'm sure. And at the base of the statue is a map of outer space. If he stands on Polaris and speaks to Einstein, his ears will play a trick on him. He'll think his voice is being amplified, but it won't be amplified to the people around him. I think it would be a good chance to try out some of his riskier material, like a speech on melting all the guns.
"And during the summit, well, Einstein is the father of our nuclear understanding, so I thought it would be good to sit in the man's lap and think about the whole thing."