In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Play - Original

Vivian Beaumont Theater (March 06, 1969 - April 20, 1969)
Vivian Beaumont Theater (June 26, 1969 - September 27, 1969)
Data not verified
  • First Preview: February 22, 1969
  • Opening Date: March 6, 1969
  • Closing Date: September 27, 1969
  • Previews: 12
  • Performances: 162

Playwright: Heinar Kipphardt


The Atomic Energy Commission hearing on the security clearance of the atomic bomb's "father," J. Robert Oppenheimer, has been fancifully dramatized by Heinar Kipphardt.


The original production of In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer ran 12 previews and 54 performance. The production's return engagement ran 108 performances.


Opening Night Cast

Ralph Bell Aaron Stein
Herbert Berghof Edward Teller
Philip Bosco in In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer Philip Bosco Curtis Moffat Jr.
Charles Cioffi Major Nicholas Radzi
Whitfield Connor Thomas A. Morgan
Stephen Elliott John Lansdale
Barnett Epstein Custodian
Eduard Franz Ward V. Evans
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Heinar Kipphardt Writer
  Ruth Speirs Translator
Gordon Davidson Gordon Davidson Director
  Peter Wexler Scenic Design
  Constance Ross Costume Design
  John Gleason Lighting Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1969 Outstanding Director Gordon Davidson Winner
1969 Outstanding Performance Joseph Wiseman Winner
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