A man who witnessed the first testing of the atom bomb at Trinity Site struggles to find faith and meaning in the modern world while Robert Oppenheimer examines the consequences of his own experimentation.
Play title: No Mercy
Author (s): Constance Congdon
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group and Broadway Play Publishing
Publication Date: 1985
Primary Discipline: Physics
Scientist (s): Robert Oppenheimer
Source Texts: Unknown
Character Breakdown: 6 men, 3 women
Robert Oppenheimer, Roy Layton (young Roy), Gene Probst, Adam Newell, Jane Newell, Roy Layton (old Roy), Ramona Layton, Justin, Jackie
Setting: The West
Time Period: 1945 and 1985
Synopsis of Play: A man who witnessed the first testing of the atom bomb at Trinity Site struggles to find faith and meaning in the modern world while Robert Oppenheimer examines the consequences of his own experimentation.
First Performance Date: February, 1985
First Producer: Hartford Stage Company
Performance History: No Mercy was nominated for Plays in Process by Michael Bigelow Dixon, literary manager of Actors Theater of Louisville. A co-winner of ATL’s 1985 Great American Play Contest, is was presented there March 14-22, 1986 as part of the tenth annual Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Jackson Phippin directed. Set and lighting were designed by Paul Owen, costumes by Ann Wallace, and sound by David Strang.
No Mercy was commissioned and first presented in workshop, in February 1985, by Hartford Stage Company as part of “First Drafts” funded by a National Endowment for the Arts Special Projects grant. The version of the play circulated by Plays in Process was revised by the author as of August 1986.
Entered by Denise Gillman and Brooke Sanders