Performances will be at 8 nightly plus a matinee at 3 p.m., March 4.

While the play’s name might make one think of a hard-hitting Roller Derby team or high-flying airplanes, it refers instead to the all-too-human team of international physicists who raced to make an atomic bomb during World War II.

Theater professor Russ Vandenbroucke both wrote and directs the play that delves into the personalities of the men who made the atomic bomb, first at the University of Chicago and then in the canyons of Los Alamos, New Mexico.

“It is a funny play about a very serious subject,” Vandenbroucke said. “This was the greatest gathering of scientific geniuses at one time and place for a single purpose. Only later did they realize the full extent of the horrible devastation that resulted.”

Vandenbroucke found his inspiration for the play in an essay by eccentric and wisecracking American scientist and Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, and it is he who serves as the audience’s guide to an event that changed the world.

Show tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and staff and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit Theatre Arts.