This is a play about the atomic bomb, its past, its present, and one among its possible futures.
Play title: A Giant’s Strength
Author (s): Upton Sinclair
Publication Date: 1948
Primary Discipline: Chemistry
Secondary Discipline: Physics
Scientist (s): Hans Christian Ørsted, André-Marie Ampère, Joseph Henry, and Michael Faraday: all contributed to the invention of the radio
Reginald A. Fessenden: A Canadian inventor who was the first person to send audio (wireless telephony) by means of electromagnetic waves, successfully transmitting over a distance of about 1.6 kilometers, and six years later on Christmas Eve 1906 he became the first person to make a public radio broadcast
Julius Robert Oppenheimer: referred to as the “father of the atomic bomb”, the invention was the result of the collaboration among his team members.
Character Breakdown: 5m, 2f
Bub Chester, Harold T. Ferguson, Lois Chester, Elaine Harding, Bugs’ Gigotti, Slim, and Craps
Setting: New York, New Jersey, South Dakota; several years
Act 1 in New York, August 6, 1945
Act 2 in Princeton, New Jersey
Act 3 in South Dakota
Time Period: 1945
Synopsis of Play: This is a play about the atomic bomb, its past, its present, and one among its possible futures. The play deals with an American family of the educated middle class, and is centered about the radio as the focus of that family’s life. The audience will understand that before the curtain rises on August 6th, 1945, this colossal social tool has been evolving for a matter of a quarter century.
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Entered by: Denise Gillman