04/01/2011: "Island Stage Left Presents:"
April 1st to May 1st. Thursdays - Sundays;Fairgrounds:Islands Stage Leftpresents: “TRYING” revolves around the true story of Judge Francis Biddle - Attorney General for Franklin Roosevelt and judge at the Nuremberg Trials -and his relationship with a 25 year old secretary hired by his wife to help him write his memoirs as his memory is fading.
Based on the author’s own experience in 1967-1968, it is a beautifully written piece of theatre, a funny, intelligent and warm account of a young Canadian girl from the Saskatchewan prairie and an old Philadelphia aristocrat “trying” to understand each other in what Biddle knows is the final year of his life. By 1968, Judge Biddle was indeed trying. Very trying.
“Comic and touching: - The New York Times
“Trying is a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre” -New York Daily News
“ Unquestionably a Pulitzer Prize contender.” -Chicago Sun Times
“Exquisitely literate, moving and compelling.” - Variety
The year is 1967. The Summer of Love has just "happened", Vietnam is underway, as are massive anti-war protests. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are about to be assassinated, there have been race riots in Newark and Detroit and the US is in the process of fundamental change. Rolling Stone has just started publication, The Graduate is a smash hit and the generation gap is widening.
"Trying" is based on the actual experience of the playwright, Joanna Glass, who was Judge Francis Biddle's secretary in 1967 and 1968. Written in 2004, it looks at the unlikely friendship that forms between the twenty five year old secretary hired for her 'grit" and 82 year old Judge Francis Biddle, Pennsylvania aristocrat, chief US Attorney at the Nuremberg trials and US Attorney General under Franklin Roosevelt.
Full of laughs, wit and wisdom, this lovely play is a delight for young and old.