History On Tap: Doctor Atomic Community Discussion

Scene from Dr. Atomic. Photo by Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera

Los Alamos Creative District News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap Wednesday, Sept. 5, for a conversation about John Adams’ opera Doctor Atomic and this summer’s Santa Fe Opera production directed by librettist Peter Sellars.

History on Tap begins at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

Doctor Atomic dramatizes the events of the Manhattan Project leading up to the Trinity Test. It was first performed in 2005, and this season the Santa Fe Opera brought it to New Mexico for the first time. The lights of Los Alamos shone behind the performers and summer rainstorms accompanied the drama onstage.

History on Tap will offer a community discussion of the opera, facilitated by Art Freed, who has attended every production of Doctor Atomic since its premiere. Our discussion will be lively and thoughtful, sharing a variety of perspectives. Did you attend the performance and love it? Did you leave at intermission? Have you seen other productions? Have you never seen the opera? We want to hear from you! Join us as we discuss the Santa Fe Opera production, the opera itself, and the complex interactions between art, history, and memory.

History on Tap is sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Los Alamos History Museum. The On Tap series begins each evening with an informal 10–15 minute introduction followed by a lively group discussion. All ages are welcome!

UnQuarked serves food by Sirphey and has an expanded wine and beer list. On Tap is a way for people to get out in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The On Tap series happens twice each month, on the first and third Mondays. (September’s On Tap meets on Wednesday because of Labor Day.) The discussions are supported by the Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos History Museum, and PEEC at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

The Los Alamos Creative District is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, project Y cowork Los Alamos, and the Los Alamos Research Park.

More information about History on Tap and other programs from the Los Alamos Historical Society can be found at losalamoshistory.org and @LosAlamosHistory on Facebook.


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