('a far mean streak of indepence brought on by negleck')
UK playwright Michael Hastings' often brillant documentary-like version of a nightmare history which also lured writers like Norman Mailer and Don DeLillo into its web.
In this case, Warren Commission testimony by Oswald's wife Marina, and his mother Marguerite, was intercut with incisively off-kilter domestic flashbacks. In its authentically fraught way it was redolent of Tennessee Williams.
Amanda Plummer (as Marina) and James Kidnie (as Lee) offered charismatic, intense, gutsy performances.
Canadian Premiere at The Bayview Playhouse
“Michaelson goes for substance and entertainment.”
Canadian Theatre Review
“Innovative, intelligent, controversial and entertaining. Direction by Michaelson is crisp and deft.”
“Amanda Plummer is a superb Marina. It's a very still and compelling performance. James Kidnie's Oswald is also a deeply drawn portrait... Inventive playing – carefully directed by Jon Michaelson, with an elevated, revolving set...”
Ray Conlogue, The Globe & Mail
Directed by JM
Set: Bill Layton
Lighting: Tim Fort.
Exec Producers: Robert Chorney, Victor Tovey, Tony Grillo. RTV Communications, and Toronto Truck Theatre. Initial support from Robbie Michaelson
Poster: David Wilson Design
James B. Douglas
(NB: Video Clip is from a rehearsal.)