A Staged Reading of David Cassidy's WWII Nuclear Drama Farm Hall
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.
James A. Little Theatre
New Mexico School for the Deaf
1060 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, N.M. 87505
It's July 1945. Germany is in defeat and the atomic bombs are on their way to Japan. Under the direction of physicist Samuel Goudsmit, the Allies are holding some of the top German nuclear scientists — among them Werner Heisenberg, Otto Hahn, and Walter Gerlach —captive in Farm Hall, an English country manor near Cambridge, England. As secret microphones record their conversations, the scientists are unaware of why they are being held or for how long. Thinking themselves far ahead of the Allies, how will they react to the news of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? How will these famous scientists explain to themselves and to the world their failure to achieve even a chain reaction? How will they come to terms with the horror of the Third Reich, their work for such a regime, and their behavior during that period? This one-act play is based upon the transcripts of their conversations as well as the author's historical work on the subject.
An audience discussion of the play will follow the staged reading with speakers to include the playwright, David C. Cassidy, and the director, Rory Gilchrist, from St. John's College.