E=MC2

he Theatrical effectiveness of the “living newspaper” was conclusively demonstrated in the productions of “Power” and “One Third of a Nation.” This last edition of the “living newspaper” compares most favorably with the previous ones.

Play title: E=MC2

Author (s): Hallie Flanagan, Sylvia Gassel, and Day Tuttle

Publisher: Samuel French

Publication Date: 1948

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Physics

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Scientist (s): Albert Einstein: German theoretical physicist, developed theory of relativity and E=MC2 equation

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Character Breakdown: 6m, 4f, or 20m, 1f

Act 1:

  • Wall:
    • Man and Stage Manager
  • Street:
    • Newsboy, Policeman, 1st girl, 2nd girl, 1st lady, and 2nd lady
  • Camp:
    • 1st soldier, 2nd soldier, and 3rd soldier
  • Nightclub:
    • Man and Woman
  • Telephone:
    • Young Wife
  • Street:
    • Newsboy, Policeman, Two Kids, Frantic, 1st officer, 2nd officer, 1st Hokinson Woman, and 2nd Hokinson Woman
  • Subway:
    • P.O.W, Sergeant, British Colonel, and British General
  • Henry;s Home:
    • Henry, Father, Mother, and Radio Voices
  • British Cabinet:
    • Prime Minister, Francis Lightfoot, Secretary of War, Lord High Chancellor and other Cabinet Members
  • Scientists in House:
    • D’Olier, Ridenour, Condon, and State Manager
  • Atom:
    • Atom, Stage Manager, Professor Emerson
  • Chain Reaction (Ballet):
    • Atom
  • History Lesson:
    • Atom, Clio, Henry, Leucippus, Democritus, Epicurus, Voices of Walt Whitman and Lucretius
  • White House:
    • President Roosevelt and Secretary of War Stimson
  • Los Alamos:
    • Workers at Los Alamos, Stage Manager, Stimson, and Under-Secretary of Navy Bard.

Act 2:

  • Return From Oak Ridge:
    • Atom
  • Atomic Perfume:
    • Girl and Men
  • Atomic Communication:
    • Man and Wife
  • Atomic Laundry Service:
    • Wife and Laundry Man
  • Atomic Corn:
    • Farmer and Farmer’s Wife
  • House Lights:
    • Stage Manager and Professor
  • Ivory Tower:
    • Atom and College men and women
  • Off to Washington:
    • Atom and Henry
  • Senate Committee Chambers:
    • Stage Manager, Atom, Henry, Attendant, Senator McMahon, Lilienthal, Senator McKellar, Hickenlooper, Agnes Waters, Army, Navy, Politician, Scientist, and Photographer
  • Alphabet:
    • A, B, C, D, E, and F
  • Newsreel:
    • Stage Manager, Atom, Clio, and Henry
  • Honky Tonk:
    • Washers: Atom, Clio, and Henry. Army, Navy, Business Man, Scientist, Politician, and Power
  • Crossroads:
    • Army, Navy, Buesinss, Science, Politician, Atom, Clio, Henry, and Stranger
  • Counter-Attack Center:
    • Stage Manager, Brigadier, Lt. Briggs, Col. Peabody, Lt. Sparks, President of the United States, Four-Star General

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Synopsis of Play: The Theatrical effectiveness of the “living newspaper” was conclusively demonstrated in the productions of “Power” and “One Third of a Nation.” This last edition of the “living newspaper” compares most favorably with the previous ones.  Clearly, dramatically and fearlessly it tells the past, present, and future of the Atomic Bomb.  It sustains a high level of interest; the story-line is easily followed and comprehended; the message of the play is easily grasped.  At the core of the piece is the characterization of the Atom.  Any discussion of the Atom is dynamite, but this piece is as carefully documented as seems possible to avoid irrelevant controversy.  With the use of dramatic scenes, realistic and symbolic, music, dance, and movies, the piece swiftly explains the nature of Atomic power, its history, the present controversy waged over it and the present impasse.  The Second Act demonstrates the potential progress that the discovery of Atomic power can bring to the world.  It dramatizes the suggestions of some of the best minds of the age as to how it can be best controlled.  Finally, it demonstrates dramatically what may likely come to pass if the destructive potential of Atomic power is loosed upon the world.  It closes with the inevitable message that it is up to each and every one in the world to face and accept the responsibility that the discovery of Atomic power has thrust upon each and every one of us.

(Play Text Blurb Cover, Samuel French)

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