‘Atomic Bombers’ @ U of L

Feb. 29-March 4

U of L Thrust Theatre
2314 S. Floyd St. • 852-6814
$8-$12; 7 p.m. (plus 3 p.m. Sun.)

Just the fact that nuclear weapons exist is terrifying, and it’s even scarier that humans are able to come up with something like that. Inspired by an essay by Nobel Prize-winning American scientist Richard Feynman, U of L theater arts professor Russell Vandenbroucke’s piece, “Atomic Bombers,” takes us inside the Manhattan Project, depicting the team of international physicists responsible for creating the atomic bomb. An earlier, shorter version of Vandenbroucke’s play was broadcast on public radio on the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, as well as produced onstage. “It is a funny play about a very serious subject,” Vandenbroucke says. “This was the greatest gathering of scientific geniuses at one time and place for a single purpose. Only later did they realize the full extent of the horrible devastation that resulted.” —Jane Mattingly

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