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The Radiance of a Thousand Suns: The Hiroshima Project
The Radiance of a Thousand Suns: The Hiroshima Project
By Anne V. McGravie, Dwight Okita, Nicholas A. Patricca and David Zak. Music by Chuck Larkin.

Cast: 4m., 4w. Radiance presents the events, persons, and deeds involved in the making and first use of the atomic bomb. From the actual experiences of those involved, three separate stories are woven into a seamless fabric. The central narrative follows the lifework of a physicist from the time he leaves graduate school to work with Dr. Robert Oppenheimer on the Manhattan Project, to the time he visits Hiroshima to see for himself the devastating effects of his work. A second follows the lifelong friendship of two women, one Scottish and one Japanese, from their childhood in Japan until they are reunited long after the war. The third focuses on a Japanese minister and the hibakusha (those exposed to the radiation of the bomb) to whom he devotes his life. All three culminate in the controversy over the Smithsonian's plan to exhibit the Enola Gay (the airplane used to drop the bomb). Radiance provokes us into considering the ways in which history is made, remembered and forgotten, highlighting how difficult and yet how necessary it is to discuss the issues involved in the birth of the nuclear age and our own responsibilities for the good and the evil thereof. Preface by Martin Harwit, former director of the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian. Bare stage with props.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  R62
Cast Size:  8
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  87
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  110 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871297922
Biographies
Chuck Larkin, composer of "This Is Your Moment" (The Radiance of a Thousand Suns: The Hiroshima Project), collaborated with Paula Killen on the musical Niagara Falls Straight to the Top produced at Famous Door in Chicago. He has worked as composer, lyricist, arranger and musical director for numerous productions including the notable Music Kills a Memory.More
At 86, Anne Mcgravie is having a busy year. Her most celebrated play, WRENS, happily reunites McGravie with Tara Mallen and Rivendell Theatre, first producer of WRENS, sharer in the Jeff awards, and now remounting it in Rivendell's beautiful new theatre. WRENS received a Jeff award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, Ragdale, and it was also recently well received at the ...More
Dwight Okita's screenplay My Last Week on Earth (adapted from his stage play) was a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab competition. His play The Rainy Season is published by Applause Theater Books (1998) in a collection entitled Asian American Drama: Nine Plays from the Multiethnic Landscape.More
Nicholas A Patricca is professor emeritus of theatre at Loyola University Chicago; playwright in residence at Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago; artistic associate at Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago. He has been active in the Chicago theatre movement since the mid-1970s. He was a founding member and artistic director of Chicago New Plays, a playwrights collective, and is a founding member of the ...More
David Zak is a founding member and executive director of Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago. He has received many Jeff Awards including Jeff Citations for his direction of Animal Farm and for his adaptation (with Jeff Casazza) of The Count of Monte Cristo. Zak was named one of the 50 most influential people in Chicago theater by Chicago magazine.More
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