by Kenneth Robbins
Howard is an irascible and stubborn WWII naval veteran. He’s also dying. When his college-professor son, Winston, returns home for a visit, the truth about his wartime service begins to emerge. Is it really smoking that has caused Howard’s lung cancer? Or does it have something to do with his ship’s dropping anchor in the Nagasaki harbor a month after it was devastated by an atomic bomb? And why did Howard remain in the military for so long after the war ended – years that, even now, he won’t or can’t talk about? With searing theatricality and emotion, Atomic Field explores the lingering effects of war on one family.
- Cast Size: 2M 2W
- Running Time: 90+ minutes
- Royalty Rate: $75 per performance
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About the Playwright
Kenneth Robbins is the author of six published novels, thirty-five published plays, numerous essays, stories, and memoirs on-line and in peer-reviewed journals, and a collection of short stories. His fiction has received the Toni Morrison Prize and the Associated Writing Programs Novel Award. His plays have been recognized by receiving the Charles Getchell Award, the Festival of Southern Theatre Award, and the Gabrielle Society Humanitarian Award. His radio plays have been aired over National Public Radio and the BBC Radio 3. He holds a PhD from Southern Illinois University and a MFA from the University of Georgia. He lives in Ruston, Louisiana, where he teaches within the Honors Program at Louisiana Tech University as Professor Emeritus Theatre within the College of Liberal Arts.