Daniel Berrigan's play will be directed by Gordon Davidson, and the 8 PM performance will benefit the Office of the Americas and the Actors' Gang. Those scheduled to lend their talents to the evening include Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Beau Bridges, Mike Farrell, Camryn Manheim and Sandra Oh. "On May 18th, 1968," Cantonsville Nine press notes state, "three Catholic priests (including Daniel Berrigan), a nurse, an artist and four others walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with homemade napalm in protest against U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The publicity and news coverage from the ensuing trial of the 'Catonsville Nine' helped galvanize an American public that was becoming increasingly disillusioned with the Vietnam War. Berrigan's free-verse dramatization is based on the actual records of the trial in which he and the eight other defendants were convicted."
Founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, the Office of the Americas is a "non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of international justice and peace through broad based educational programs." Founded in 1982, The Actors' Gang has won acclaim for "its daring interpretations of Shakespeare, Bruchner, Brecht, Moliere, Aeschylus, Ibsen and Chekhov, while also developing bold new plays that address the world today through a prism of satire, popular culture, and raucous stagecraft."
The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Boulevard at Duquesne Avenue in Culver City. Tickets, priced $250, are available by calling (310) 838-GANG. For more information visit www.theactorsgang.com or www.officeoftheamericas.org.