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Clay Jenkinson is J.Robert Oppenheimer

  October 25, 2024 7:00 PM

Doors Open: 6:00 PM

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STANDARD ADULT: $59.00 / $49.00 / $45.00
PREMIUM ADULT: $59.00 / $49.00

STANDARD ADULT / PREMIUM ADULT Public Onsale: May 15, 2024 8:00 PM to October 25, 2024 6:00 PM

Clay Jenkinson is J. Robert Oppenheimer

A Fundraiser for Raue Center and CL Public Library Foundation.

Friday, October 25, 2024 | 7:00 PM

$45/ $49 / $59*

Jenkison’s “living theatre” emphasizes education with audience participation to enhance the learning and entertainment experience. 

J. Robert Oppenheimer was the father of the atomic bomb; he was also a tragic character. In 1954, his security clearance was stripped from him by the U.S. government. Although history has been generous to Oppenheimer and hard on his critics, there is no doubt that Oppenheimer contributed to his fall. Clay Jenkinson brings the character of the man to life through a gripping first-person portrayal of Oppenheimer –no prior graduate degree in quantum physics is required!

Jenkinson tells the story of Los Alamos, of the dramatic test of the “gadget” in the New Mexican desert, the decision to use the bomb without warning on Japanese cities with a large civilian population, and the aftermath. Oppenheimer believed that humankind must evolve quickly to prevent the subsequent use of atomic weaponry in war because he believed it would bring about the end of human civilization. 

In the end, Oppenheimer was rehabilitated by the Kennedy-Johnson Administration. After Edward. R Murrow interviewed him on the CBS program “See it Now,” Oppenheimer became a kind of cult figure for his melancholy, yet whimsical, genius. 

*Fundraiser for Raue Center and CL Public Library Foundation. RaueNOW Membership and other discounts do not apply.

Recommended: 14+

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