L.A. Actors' Gang to Stage Anti-War Drama The Trial of the Catonsville Nine

News   L.A. Actors' Gang to Stage Anti-War Drama The Trial of the Catonsville Nine Casting has been announced for the L.A. Actors' Gang production of Daniel Berrigan's historical 1971 anti-war drama The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, which begins performances Feb. 5.

Jon Kellam will direct the free verse work that officially opens Feb. 14 and will continue through March 21 in Los Angeles.

The work is based on the 1968 incident that involved "two Catholic priests, and seven Catholic activists including a nurse, a nun, an artist and four others [who] all walked into the selective service office Local Board 33, located in the Knights of Columbus building in Catonsville, Maryland, grabbed hundreds of 1-A draft files and burned them with homemade napalm in protest against U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The publicity and news coverage from the ensuing trial was instrumental in galvanizing the American anti-war movement," according to press notes.

The cast for The Trial of the Catonsville Nine comprises Andrew E. Wheeler as Daniel Berrigan, Scott Harris as Philip Berrigan, Chris Schultz as Thomas Lewis, Cameron Dye as David Darst, Corey G. Lovett as George Mische, Patti Tippo as Marjorie Melville, Robert Shampain as Thomas Melville, Paige Lindsey White as Mary Moylan, Ethan Kogan as John Hogan and Adele Robbins as the Judge.

"Is there a difference between breaking the law and committing a crime?" asks director Jon Kellam.

"Civil disobedience is an inherently American and truly patriotic act. The Catonsville Nine were sentenced to a collective 18-20 years in prison for a crime that caused a little more than $100 in damage," Kellam continued in a statement. "We claim to be a world leader of moral ideals and human rights, but in what ways have we allowed economic and corporate interests to overshadow that responsibility? These are some of the compelling questions that this play inspires." The production has set design by Sibyl Wickersheimer, lighting design by Jacqueline Reid, costume design by Susan Dalian and sound design by David Robbins.

Tickets are available by phoning (310) 838-4264 or by visiting TheActorsGang.com.

The Actors' Gang is located in the Ivy Substation at 9070 Venice Boulevard in Culver City, CA.