Little Fish Theatre to Present OSWALD THE ACTUAL INTERROGATION, 8/14-9/4
Little Fish Theatre today announced the opening of a controversial and historically significant production, political drama: OSWALD - THE ACTUAL INTERROGATION, by Dennis Richard. Delivered in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the tragic killing of President John F. Kennedy, the plays draws upon historical records and eyewitness accounts to paint a vivid picture of the battle of wits between suspect and police captain that was cut short when Oswald himself was shockingly assassinated on live television.
The events of November 22 - 24, 1963 have evoked boundless conspiracy theories, and inspired thousands of books. The interrogation between the accused Lee Harvey Oswald and Dallas Police Captain William J. Fritz is a critical element of history without official record. This play reconstructs the questioning based on documents and first-hand accounts, creating riveting drama and revealing important details of the most controversial investigation of our time.
Lee Harvey Oswald is played by Cylan Brown, who has been featured in numerous Little Fish productions in past seasons, including BACH AT LEIPZIG in 2013. The quietly determined police captain is played by James Rice, who appeared in PRESENT LAUGHTER in 2012. Rodney Rincon, Brendan Gill, Bill Wolski, Doug Penikas and David Graham round out the cast, playing reporters and law enforcement officials associated with the case.
"This play has all the elements of great drama -- a complex set of characters in an intractable situation," notes Director Stephanie Coltrin. "Even though we know the outcome, members of the audience are on the edges of our seats, hoping against hope that the truth will out." Coltrin has directed multiple successful productions at Little Fish.
"I am honored that Little Fish Theatre has chosen my play for production," exclaims playwright Dennis Richard. "After eight months of research, I realized that my play, which centers around two men of equal immovable force caught up in perhaps the greatest criminal mystery of modern times, is of enormous historical value. Since those eventful days in Dallas in 1963, everyone involved has been heard from -- everyone except Lee Harvey Oswald."
OSWALD will open Thursday, August 14 and will run Wednesdays and Thursdays through September 4. A Sunday matinee is scheduled for 2pm on August 31, after which the creative team will be available for 10 to 15 minutes for post-show discussion with the audience. An evening performance is also scheduled for Sunday, August 31, at 7pm.
Founded in 2002, Little Fish Theatre presents classic and contemporary plays in an intimate setting on Centre Street in downtown San Pedro. Producing eleven plays each year for a one-room 65-seat venue, Little Fish delivers the quintessential close-up theatrical experience, where audience and performers share space and sight-lines, making for eruptive laughter, highly-charged action and palpable emotion.