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Dr. Strangelove comes to Boone

Article Published: Jan. 5, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Dr. Strangelove comes to Boone

From left, Gen. Leslie Groves, military head of the Manhattan Project, with Prof. Robert Oppenheimer.
Photo courtesy of The U.S. Department of Energy

If you have the knowledge, are you obligated to use it?

Appalachian State University's 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series presents an event that will ponder this question during the performance of the radio play, "The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb," performed by radio theater company LA Theatre Works on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m.

This show explores the fractionated relationship between Edward Teller, one of America's most respected scientists who advocated for developing the H-Bomb, and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atom bomb.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and Appalachian's faculty and staff and $10 for Appalachian's students and students 18 and under. For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at (800) 841-ARTS or (828) 262-4046, or visit

About 'The Real Dr. Strangelove'

"The Real Dr. Strangelove" presents the tumultuous relationship between two of the most brilliant scientists in America during a time when curiosity in nuclear weapons was too strong to ignore, and before anyone could even guess the impact it would have on our world.

In this fully-staged production of a radio play, we witness the plan to widen America's nuclear armory, which ultimately set our country on the path to becoming the strongest military nation on the planet - and living with the consequences.

This performance of "The Real Dr. Strangelove" is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.


Leading the cast in this performance will be television and film actor John Getz as Oppenheimer. He is featured in the 2010 film, "The Social Network," and is a veteran of dozens of television shows, including "NCIS," "Prison Break," "Mad Men" and "Trust Me," among others.

Opposite Getz, esteemed stage actor John Vickery will play Teller. Vickery was the original Scar in "The Lion King" on Broadway and is well known to TV audiences from his work on "Star Trek" and "Babylon 5." He is also the voice of Lucifer in the popular video game, "Dante's Inferno."

Also in the cast are film and TV actor Michael Canavan ("Murder By Numbers," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Bones," "7th Heaven" and others) and Geoffrey Wade ("Law & Order," "Bold and the Beautiful" and others). The rest of the cast includes actors Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Diane Adair and Peter McDonald.

About LA Theatre Works

For more than two decades, LA Theatre Works has single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the lives of millions with live radio theater performances and into their homes through NPR, the BBC, CBC and online at This is the second time LA Theatre Works has performed at Appalachian. In 2009, they brought "The Great Tennessee Monkey Trials," starring Ed Asner to Farthing Auditorium where audiences fell in love with the company.

Upcoming Events and Ticket Information

Appalachian's Performing Arts Series continues on Feb. 15, with Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Russian National Ballet: "Romeo & Juliet" and "Chopiniana" (March 2, 2011) and Acoustic Africa: Habib Koite, Oliver Mtukudzi and Afel Bocoum (Aril 8, 2011). For tickets or information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at (800) 841-ARTS or (828) 262-4046, or visit


The Performing Arts Series would be unable to present and publicize its wide range of programming without critical private funding sources, including a group of sponsors dedicated to promoting the arts in the region, including McDonald's of Boone, Nationwide Insurance - the Park Terrell Agency Inc., Charter Media, The Mountain Times, All About Women magazine, the Winston-Salem Journal, the High Country Press, Oldies 100.7, Mix 102.3, Mountain Television Network, WDAV 89.9, WFDD 88.5, WETS 89.5 and WASURocks 90.5FM.

Hotel and restaurant sponsors include Westglow Resort and Spa and Rowland's Restaurant, Chetola Resort, the Bob Timberlake Inn and the Manor House at Chetola, The Broyhill Inn and Appalachian Conference Center and the Jackson Dining Room, the La Quinta Inn and Suites of Boone, The Best Cellar, Louisiana Purchase, Makoto's Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Pepper's and the Red Onion Cafe.

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