Louis Slotin Sonata

Midwest PremiereLouis Slotin Sonata Poster

by Paul Mullin


Previews: September 10 – September 13, 2010

Regular Run: September 17 – October 24, 2010


At 3:20 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 1946 Louis Slotin’s hand slipped—a small, practically insignificant blunder, except that Slotin was the chief bomb builder at Los Alamos, and at that fateful moment he held in his hands a plutonium bomb core named “Rufus”.  With a structure inspired by classical music’s sonata allegro form – and dance numbers with President Truman and Albert Einstein – Louis Slotin Sonata traces the true story of a brilliant scientist’s last nine days, as his body and mind gradually succumb to the chaos wreaked by radiation.

Cast & Artists


  • Louis Slotin/Man 1: Steve Schine
  • Morrison/Man 5: Guy Massey
  • Hempleman/Man 7: ensemble member Doug Vickers
  • Woman: Anita Deely
  • Cleary/Man 2: Walter Briggs
  • Daughlian/Man 6: Duncan Riddell
  • Graves/Man 3: Chris Walsh
  • Israel/Man 4: Bill Norris


  • Playwright: Paul Mullin
  • Directed by: Karen Kessler 
  • Stage Manager: S.G. Heller
  • Set Design: John C. Stark
  • Lighting Design: Julie Mack
  • Costume Design: Melissa Torchia
  • Sound Design: ensemble member Joseph Fosco
  • Assistant Director: Josh Sobel
  • Technical Director: John Wilson
  • Production Manager: Sara Robinson
  • Hebrew Coach: Noah Simon



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