On Stage

The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer

The Bay Area Premiere of the award-winning play by Carson Kreitzer

"Do I dare disturb the universe?"

J. Robert Oppenheimer's rise and fall erupt in this kaleidoscopic play, exploring questions of faith, conscience, and the consequences of the never-ending pursuit of knowledge.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the UC Berkeley Professor who led the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, is certainly one of the most controversial scientific figures of the 20th century.  A true Renaissance man who read Sanskrit, quoted the Bhagavad-Gita, and was both responsible for the atomic bomb and then the movement against further development of it after the defeat of Japan, has been the subject of hundreds of books, films and parables about the role of scientist in modern society.  His motives have been questioned, his relationships subject to gossip, and he is both praised and reviled for the hell unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In the Rosenthal New Play Prize-winning drama, Carson Kreitzer has put Oppenheimer in a post-modern, fantastic and thought-provoking piece of magical realism, wrapped in biography.  From his first moment on the stage, appearing before the board that will revoke his security clearance for Communist ties, Oppenheimer is haunted by the biblical demon, Lilith, herself cast out to wander the universe when she refused to lie down to the powers that be.

"Kreitzer has a huge vision... Oppenheimer is superb theater" The Cincinnati Enquirer

"So much brilliance, ambivalence, ego, history, myth, science, moral argument, emotional heat, poetry and sheer dazzling theatricality are compressed into the mere two hours it takes for Carson Kreitzer's The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer to detonate on the stage that by the time it is all over, you might easily feel you've been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation." Chicago Sun-Times

Production Photos

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Cast and Crew