LEE HARVEY OSWALD To Play Finborough, Nov 2013
LEE HARVEY OSWALD
A Far Mean Streak of Independence Brought on by Negleck
by Michael Hastings.
Directed by Alex Thorpe. Designed by Katie Lias. Lighting by Tom Cooper. Music by Angus MacRae. Fight Direction by Richard Hay. Cast by Matilda James. Music Supervision by Alex Baranowski. Voice Consultation by Richard Ryder. Presented by Rosie Clark in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.
"If Lee Harvey Oswald did it, he could not have done it alone. If he did not, he must be the hit of the century. If he was involved and somehow double-crossed, alive today must be persons with the guilt of awful silence."
A Finborough Theatre commission, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Michael Hastings' Lee Harvey Oswald - A Far Mean Streak of Independence Brought on by Negleck opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited season onSunday, 3 November 2013, with an special additional performance on Friday, 22 November at 12.30pm at the exact time of the assassination.
Dallas, Texas. 12.30pm. Friday, 22 November 1963. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.
Approximately 70 minutes later, assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.
48 hours later, Lee Harvey Oswald himself was murdered.
Told through the eyes of Oswald's wife and mother, coupled with extracts from the Warren Commission's report, we follow the unsettled drifting life of Lee Harvey Oswald - his loveless marriage to his Russian wife, his challenging relationship with his mother and his pathological hatred of Kennedy's life and achievements. Oswald had the means, motive and opportunity, but did he even do it? Could a man who never did anything on his own murder a President? Based on Oswald's own diary notes and interviews (the subtitle comes from Oswald's diary in his own spelling),Lee Harvey Oswald has been performed from Tokyo to Mexico City to Prague, but never in the United States. Originally commissioned and performed at Hampstead Theatre in 1966 as The Silence of Lee Harvey Oswald as part of their 'Living Theatre' series of documentary drama, this rediscovery is the first London production in over 40 years - and the first UK production since its original premiere, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Playwright Michael Hastings (1938-2011) was the winner of two Emmy Awards, two BAFTAs, the Somerset Maugham Award and nominated for an Oscar. His first play - Don't Destroy Me - was produced when he was just 18 years old at the New Lindsey Theatre Club, Notting Hill, and he went on to become part of the first wave of new playwrights at George Devine's Royal Court Theatre. He won the Evening Standard Award in 1979 for Gloo Joo, but remains best known for Tom and Viv, his 1984 play about the poet T.S. Eliot and his wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood, first seen at The Royal Court Theatre, adapted into a film in 1994, and recently revived at The Almeida Theatre. He also wrote extensively for television and film including The American, starring Diana Rigg, and The Nightcomers, starring Marlon Brando. He also wrote novels, biographies, and collaborated with the composer Michael Nyman on the libretti for the operas Man and Boy and Love Counts.
Director Alex Thorpe was recently Assistant Director on Shakespeare's Globe's production onHenry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3. Theatre as director includes Metamorphosis (Little Angel Theatre),Newlands by Janice Okoh (Islington Community Theatre and National Theatre Pop-Up Workshop),Relief (Theatre503), Rubbish, Inherited Risk Factors (Eyebrow Productions), One Act Play Festival (Almeida Projects). Assistant Direction includes assisting Dawn Walton on One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Tricycle Theatre and Sheffield Theatres), Paul Miller on Democracy (The Old Vic and Sheffield Theatres), Nick Bagnall on Henry VI (Shakespeare's Globe) and Betrayal(Sheffield Theatres), and Jonathan Munby on Company (Sheffield Theatres). Alex also delivers theatre workshops for organisations include The Old Vic, Almeida Theatre and Little Angel Theatre. Alex will be taking over the artistic leadership of Iso Productions this Autumn.