The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Nov 1 – Nov 18, 2007

Written by Carson Krietzer

Directed by Emily Ranii

The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Carson Kreitzer tells the story of “the father of the atom bomb” and his work for the “Manhattan Project” at Los Alamos, New Mexico to create the first functioning atom bomb. Oppenheimer, who had been a brilliant but disfocused young college professor prior to being enlisted to run the Manhattan Project, became more and more troubled following the bomb’s use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He and many other scientists of the day immediately foresaw the problem of a nuclear arms race and set about to discourage the buildup or proliferation. This put him at odds with a group of very powerful businesspersons and politicians and led to his battle with congressional hearings committees, the press, and even some elements of the science community who felt his stand against the government would threaten lucrative government research contracts. In Oppenheimer, Kreitzer uses the mythical Jewish creature Lilith as a voice of conscience for Oppenheimer. The play is ultimately about the disconnect between a person’s public (in this case almost mythic) personae and his or her private reality.



Burning Coal Theatre Company: Brian Linden and Debra Gillingham Head the Stellar Cast of The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer Robert W. McDowell for CVNC

My Lovely Suicides and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer  by Byron Woods for IndyWeek