Farm Hall

Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m.
James A. Little Theatre

Free, but RSVP requested:

The American Institute of Physics' Center for History of Physics presents a staged reading by St. John's College students of Farm Hall, a new play by David Cassidy, the distinguished historian and writer.

It's July, 1945. Germany is in defeat and the atomic bombs are on their way to Japan. Under the direction of Samuel Goudsmit, the Allies are holding some of the top nuclear scientists--among them Heisenberg, Hahn, and Gerlach--captive in Farm Hall, an English country manner near Cambridge, England. As secret microphones record their conversations, the scientists are unaware of why they are being held or for how long. Thinking themselves far ahead of the Allies, how will they react to the news of the atomic bombs? How will these famous scientists explain to themselves and to the world, their failure to achieve even a chain reaction? How will they come to terms with the horror of the Third Reich, their work for such a regime, and their behavior during that period? This one-act play, directed by Rory Gilchrist (SF16), is based upon the transcripts of these conversations as well as the author's historical work on the subject. The reading will be followed by an audience discussion.