No Mercy

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

Genre: Drama

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.

Review Links:

http://www.laweekly.com/arts/theater-reviews-2145775

https://www.backstage.com/review/no-mercy/

Entered by Denise Gillman and Brooke Sanders

Production Photos:

No Mercy (2006) Playwright
Sibyl Wickersheimer, Sawgirl, Set Designer
Sibyl Wickersheimer, Sawgirl, Set Designer
Sibyl Wickersheimer, Sawgirl, Set Designer
Sibyl Wickersheimer, Sawgirl, Set Designer
LA Weekly; Grace (Photo by Anthony Masters)

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