THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA to Debut at Edinburgh Festival 2014, Starring Golden Globe Winner Anne Archer, Jul 30-Aug 24
Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Anne Archer will make her Edinburgh Festival debut starring as 'Jane Fonda' in the world premiere of THE TRIAL OF JANE FONDA, written and directed by seven-time Emmy award-winner Terry Jastrow.
The play focuses on a little-known event which occurred in Waterbury, Connecticut on 18 June 1988, where Fonda confronted a room full of hostile war veteran's intent on boycotting the filming of her movie Stanley & Iris (co-starring Robert de Niro). Many of the controversial and polarising issues that had festered for years regarding Fonda's activism during the Vietnam War surfaced during the course of this meeting.
The most famous actress of her time, Jane Fonda was vocal in her opposition to the Vietnam War. In 1972 she went to the capital city of North Vietnam, Hanoi, to call worldwide public attention to the Nixon Administration's cover-up of US policy of deliberately bombing the country's vital system of dikes. During that trip she made radio broadcasts denouncing as a war crime the US use of antipersonnel bombs banned by the Hague Convention, and visited US POWs. On the final day of her trip, she was photographed laughing and clapping astride a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. This activity by Fonda caused enormous controversy and galvanized a huge hate campaign amongst the US military and supporters.
Writer and director Terry Jastrow did extensive research, including travelling to Hanoi to interview Fonda's guides and interpreters, retracing Fonda's steps, speaking to eyewitnesses, combing North Vietnamese libraries and film archives all in search of the truth. Jastrow interviewed Fonda herself on a number of occasions, as well as doing comprehensive interviews with dozens of war vets to ensure balance, accuracy and authenticity.
It is important to note that while Ms. Fonda has contributed time and information to ensure her story is told accurately, she has no creative input or veto power, has never read or seen the play, and has no participation in ownership or proceeds from the production.
ANNE ARCHER was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and the British (BAFTA) Academy Award for her role opposite Michael Douglas in Adrian Lyne's thriller Fatal Attraction. Other key roles include her Golden Globe-winning performance in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman's Short Cuts and for playing Harrison Ford's beleaguered wife in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. She made her West End debut as 'Mrs Robinson', receiving rave review, in The Graduate; other theatrical credits include A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (Off Broadway), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Poison Tree (Mark Taper Forum), and The Vagina Monologues (LA). Throughout her motion picture career, she has starred opposite some of Hollywood's most dynamic and respected leading men, including Gene Hackman in Narrow Margin, Donald Sutherland in Eminent Domain, Sylvester Stallone in Paradise Alley, Tommy Lee Jones In Rules of Engagement and Man of the House and in the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Mathew McConaughey. Television credits include It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, starring opposite Danny DeVito and Ghost Whisperer on CBS as the mother of Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Privileged (The CW). She will soon be seen in Avenue Pictures' feature film Lullaby, with a powerful ensemble cast of Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Amy Adams, Jessica Brown Finley, Jessica Barden, Jennifer Hudson, and Terrance Howard.
Producer TERRY JASTROW has produced or directed some of the world's greatest events including six Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, US Football's Super Bowl, major championships of golf including The Open Championship, Indianapolis 500, the great Haute Couture Collections from Paris, and the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Among the plays he's written and directed include "As if it Matters" at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and "The Vaginal Lock" at the Skylight Theatre, Los Angeles. Most recently Mr. Jastrow has written and directed his first feature film entitled "The Squeeze", scheduled to be released in 2015.
Producer DANN MOSS managed and directed USO's Celebrity Entertainment Program, including Network Television Special "Tour of Duty" on ABC - starring Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey including Special Guest Stars, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Kimmel and Big & Rich, delivering first class entertainment to American military serving in the United States and overseas. He has also produced world class, high profile, quality events and documentaries for television, as well as artist specials, Broadway specials, feature films, video products, and live events. Credits include the Installation of the Viet Nam Memorial Concert for The White House, and Network Specials with Roger Miller, Sylvie Vartan and Vikki Carr, including Produced, "Vikki Carr at The Palace Theatre" on Broadway and "Vikki Carr Live at The Greek Theatre", Los Angeles, and the initial Broadway Tour of "Three Mo'Tenors, "Stephanie Powers, Intimate Portrait" for Lifetime Television and "The World Premiere of Paris Fashion" (ABC)
The Trial of Jane Fonda is produced by Terry Jastrow and Dann Moss for TAD Productions Limited, with General Management by Something for the Weekend, and casting by Carol Dudley. Further casting and creative team to be announced later in the year.