In Dale Dunn's new play, Body Burden, a middle-aged woman recovering from thyroid cancer returns to her hometown of Los Alamos to confront her past. Set against the backdrop of the development of the atomic bomb, the play features six characters, including the ghost of Robert Oppenheimer and a time-traveling girl scout.
Dunn conducted extensive research before she began writing the play. She was particularly interested in radiation experiments conducted on Los Alamos children during the '60s.
The playwright grew up in Los Alamos herself. After developing a theater career in New York, she returned to New Mexico and now resides in Santa Fe.
This world premiere production is directed by Lou Clark. It runs through Oct. 7 at the Adobe Theater (9813 Fourth Street NW). Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $12 general, $10 students/seniors. 898-9222.