The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Play

Writers: Carson Kreitzer

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2002
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Period, Fantasy/Imaginary, Multiple Settings, Simple/No Set, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
A liminal space representing Oppenheimer’s inner consciousness, a laboratory in the Los Alamos Desert, 1940s, a House of Representatives Hearing Chamber, 1950s
Cast Size
medium
Ideal for
College/University, Ensemble Cast, Mature Audiences, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

Haunted by spectres of devastation from the east and west, in the midst of World War II the American government commissioned a group of scientists to create a weapon unlike any ever seen before-- the atomic bomb. A group of the highest ranking scientists in the world were recruited to live in isolation in the desert of New Mexico, at a base named Trinity, perfecting the tool to end a war already churning out an overwhelming human cost. J. Robert Oppenheimer, a Jewish American physicist, was the leader, orchestrator, and architect behind the Manhattan Project, the codename for the building of the atomic bomb. Culpable for all the authority he and his secret team took over the possibility for unknowable consequences of ruin, in this play, we see his story, as told both in fact and in conjecture. He is guided through his life story by Lillith, a reptilian otherworldy creature, the mythical first wife of Adam, banished to become a demon, plundering humanity’s shadows for all eternity, who has joined Oppie in his subconscious to interrogate his regrets and force him to confront his fallible nature. A deeply and exquisitely layered work, with a mythos unlike any other, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer finds a perfect balance between fiction and biography while telling a story that should be forever remembered as a cautionary tale in the subject of military science.

Lead Characters