Nuremberg Trials Chief Judge-'Trying' By Joanna Glass

December 19
9:21 AM 2006

The acclaimed play by the award-winning playwright Joanna Glass
Opens January 5 th with an extended run through
February 11th at Palm Beach Dramaworks

West Palm Beach's only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks continues its 7th anniversary season with Joanna Glass' acclaimed play "Trying" opening on Friday, January 5th (8PM) at their intimate downtown theatre (322 Banyan Boulevard). Special priced preview performances are slated for January 3 and 4th ( 8PM ). Due to brisk early demand for tickets, the production will perform an additional 10 performances from its previously announced schedule and now will play through February 11th.

Set in 1967, "Trying" tells the story of the internationally known Francis Biddle, Attorney General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the Nuremberg trials. The ailing, ireful yet elegant 81-year-old struggles to come to terms with his age and failing health and soon announces that he has one year left to live. The play opens when his wife has forced upon him a new secretary, Sarah, a sensitive, plain-spoken, 25-year-old newlywed. This richly scripted story illustrates how two strangers, at two dramatically different places in their lives, can unexpectedly and forever influence each other.
"Trying", inspired by Glass' own experience as Biddle's personal secretary from 1967-1968, had its world premiere in 2004 at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre before moving Off-Broadway later that same year.

Directed by Nanique Gheridian the cast includes Peter Haig as Francis Biddle and Christine Carroll as Sarah. The production will feature scenery by Sean McClelland, lighting by Michael Burris and costumes by Morgan Lane-Tanner.

Joanna Glass is a nationally recognized playwright and novelist having been produced in England, Ireland, Australia and Germany. Other theatrical credits include Canadian Gothic and American Modern, Artichoke starring Colleen Dewhurst and If We Are Women starring Blythe Danner. Glass has had success on Broadway with To Grandmother's House We Go starring Eva Le Gallienne and Play Memory, directed by Harold Prince, which received a Tony Award Nomination. Her novels include Reflections on a Mountain Summer and Woman Wanted which was made into a film starring Keifer Sutherland and Holly Hunter.
The Palm Beach Dramaworks season will continue with a distinguished roster of plays: "Betrayal" by Harold Pinter (March 9th-April 7th) and "The Voice of the Prairie" by John Olive
(May 11th-June 10th).
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, and Sundays at 2 PM with select Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8PM and Saturday matinees at 2PM. Individual tickets are $38 for evening performances and $35 for matinees. Group rates for 20 or more, and discounted season subscriptions are also available. The theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 322 Banyan Boulevard, between Dixie Highway and Olive Avenue, Florida 33401. Parking is offered across the street for a nominal fee, or in the City Garage on the corner of Olive Avenue and Banyan Boulevard for $1.00 per hour with the first hour free! For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 2:00 pm , or visittheir website at


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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


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