An Atomic Project in Manhattan

I do not love atomic bombs. However, I have an extreme fondness for promotional material supporting an opera about atomic bombs. Truly, if we could focus on covering the world's surfaces in chalkboard paint (and chalk), we might not have to worry about bombs at all.  All that freedom to put art, words and science on the walls!  Happier citizens we'd all have to be.  Doctor Atomic, a musical tale of the hours surrounding Robert Oppenheimer and his Manhattan Project cohorts' first test of mushroom-cloud inducing power in June '45, debuted in San Francisco in '05.  The project has finally landed in Manhattan.  It opens at the Met on Oct. 13. (If you can't make it, there is a documentary).


  1. On the same theme, I saw a fantastic play last year called A Disappearing Number, in which much of the action takes place on an empty stage with only a large chalkboard which the actors wrote equations on.

    It's a play about mathematics - which makes it sound terribly boring, but it was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in the theatre and it won all sorts of awards.

    It's back again this year at the Barbican in London:

  2. Apt. #34 says:

    looks brilliant - will def check out the documentary

  3. Jonathan Hayes says:

    It looks like the Adams opera will make a nice book end to the Robert Wilson/Philip Glass EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH - another high design/music opera with a nod to the atomic.

    EotB is a very beautiful thing, btw - if you get a chance to see it, you really should. It is not without its languors, but it can be astoundingly beautiful. I searched for an image to stick in here to prove my case (related to DOCTOR ATOMIC/beautiful), but couldn't find the right one. And then realized I didn't even know if it were possible to post an image in a comments section.

    Also! You might enjoy the work of Pina Bausch, who's making her biennial visit to BAM this December. I'm gutted because I shall be out of town. Here's the piece her company's presenting:

    I promise it won't be as ethereal and flimsy as the video clip suggests...