A Giant’s Strength

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

Publisher: Haldeman-Julius

Publication Date: 1948

Genre: Drama

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.

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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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