Mark on Society, Based on the Deadliest Campus Shooting, Until Now
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The year is 1944, segregation in the U.S. is prevalent and World War II is in full swing. At Port… More
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This was a very moving, well-staged production. I thought the autopsy photos were a bit heavy handed, and the television news reporter's accent was dreadful, but other than that the play was wonderful. I thought adding Kinky Friedman's "The Ballad of Charles Whitman" at the end of the performance was a nice touch.
The new play Mark on Society dramatizes the events of August 1, 1966, when Charles Joseph Whitman ensconced himself in the clock tower of the University of Texas at Austin and proceeded to shoot 45 people, killing 16. Meticulously researched, the narrative presents the victims as people with lives, agendas and families of their own, rather than as mere statistics. Inevitably, the play touches on the most obvious questions: Why? What motivated the sniper to commit such heinous acts? Who’s to blame? It ultimately turns into an adventure story as two fearless cops directly confront Whitman with the goal of taking him down. The perspectives of others, including media people, law enforcement and medical personnel, a rescuer, and the sniper’s father are also included.
This production marks the world premiere.
By Leif E. Gantvoort
Directed by Peter Haskell
Leif E. Gantvoort (playwright): Previous plays include the 2006 hit They’re Not Zombies, Benches and Awake. He also writes for film.
Peter Haskell (director): A graduate of Harvard, he debuted off-Broadway opposite James Earl Jones in The Love Nest, and later starred in Los Angeles with Joan Darling in The Seagull (as adapted by Jean-Claude Van Italie) and in A Rich, Full Life with Lois Nettleton. He is known for starring roles in TV series including “Bracken’s World,” “Rich Man, Poor Man: Book 2” and “The Law and Harry McGraw,” as well as over 100 guest starring apperances on episodic television. He directed Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Court Theatre two seasons ago. Peter is currently writing a play, Friday Night Fight Night, planned for production next spring.