In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

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by Heinar Kipphardt. Originally written in German as In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer . A play about the development of a hydrogen bomb and the scientists' inner struggle whether to build the bomb or not. Published in German in 1964 and in English in 1967, In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, uses primary source material from the hearings regarding whether or not to grant Oppenheimer security clearance in the 1950s (after the development of the Hydrogen bomb).

First performed in English at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York (March 06, 1969 - April 20, 1969)


Presented as In the Case of J. Robert Oppenheimer by PACT in Pretoria. Directed by Leonard Schach for PACT in Pretoria in January 1971, with John Hayter in the lead. The play was branded as "communist" and PACT initially abandoned the production, but when the province obtained a new administrator soon afterward the play was allowed to continue.

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