The show will begin previews on May 30 at the Connelly Theatre Off-Broadway for a limited engagement through June 27. Opening night is June 7. In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer was an early production of Lincoln Center, debuting in 1969, when the nonprofit was under the direction of Jules Irving. As the title indicates, it is a drama about the controversial man who invented the atomic bomb and was later branded a communist by the government. Keen Company Artistic Director Carl Forsman will direct.
Off-Broadway regular (Suitcase, Celebration) Ryan will play the title role. Sisto (Quills, Mad Forest) is prosecutor Roger Robb. Also in the all-male cast are Steve Routman, DJ Mendel, Wilbur Henry and Matthew Rauch.
Joseph Wiseman played Oppenheimer in the original production, which was directed by Gordon Davidson. Philip Bosco, Herbert Berghof and Charles Cioffi also starred.