Text - Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons
Direction - John Rubinstein

A co-production with L.A. Theatre Works and
Affinity Collaborative Theater

Lighting Design - David Lander
Costume Design - Holly Poe Durbin
Original Sound Design - Lindsay Jones
Production Stage Manager - Jennifer Grutza

Meg Greenfield - Diane Adair
John Mitchell/Chal Roberts/Lamont Vanderhall - Larry Bryggman
Ben Bagdikian, Robert Mardian - John Getz
Murry Marder/Judge Martin Peel - James Gleason
Brian Kelly -
Jack Gilpin
Katharine Graham - Kathryn Meisle
George Wilson/Eugene Patterson - Matt McGrath
Richard Nixon/Dennis Doolin - Larry Pine
Soldier/Darryl Cox/Clerk & Bailiff/Ron Ziegler - Russell Soder
Ben Bradlee - Peter Strauss
Fritz Beebe/Henry Kissinger -
Peter Van Norden

Company Bios
Production Photos

Facility address:
79 East 4th Street, located between Bowery and Second Avenue in the East Village.

Single tickets: $65.00 each

CheapTix Sundays, $20.00 (all tickets for all Sunday evening performances
at 7pm; tickets are available in advance and must be purchased in person,
with cash only at the NYTW box office. Limit 4 tickets per person).

Student tickets, $20.00 (tickets are available in advance and must be purchased in person with valid student ID at the NYTW box office.
Limit one ticket per ID).

In conjunction with Top Secret:
The Battle for the Pentagon Papers
USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and New York Theatre Workshop present a series of post-performance discussions with journalists, political leaders, and scholars on the tension between the public's right to know
and the government's need to
protect secrets in the name of
national security.

Notes from Geoffrey Cowan
and Susan Loewenberg

Learn more about the people
portrayed in TOP SECRET on TOP SECRET


Group Tickets
NYTW offers significant discounts for groups of ten or more. Group tickets
for students are just $20 each and adult groups are $42 each. If you wish
to buyout the entire house (199 seats), each ticket is $35. Please contact Rebekah Paine at or call 646-957-9562 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Itís 1971 and the nation is at war. The intractable conflict escalates in Vietnam while here at home the battle for public opinion rages.A federal court blocks The New York Times from publishing the top-secret history of US involvement in Vietnam. Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham has a single day to decide whether to print these Pentagon Papers. When
the Nixon administration closes in and charges treason, the fight for a free press explodes. Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons' riveting and suspenseful TOP SECRET: THE BATTLE FOR THE PENTAGON PAPERS animates the frontline clash between the governmentís need for secrecy and the publicís right to know. TOP SECRET is a triumphant reminder of the importance of
the continuing battle fought in the name of the First Amendment.

First preview, Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 8pm;
Opening night, Tuesday, March 9, 2010 @ 7pm;
Final performance, Sunday, March 28, 2010 @ 7pm.

Performance schedule:
Tuesdays @ 7pm
Wednesday – Friday @ 8pm
Saturday @ 3pm & 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm & 7pm

Student Matinees:
Thursday, March 18 @ 1pm

Running time:
Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with one intermission

About the artists:
Geoffrey Cowan is Professor of Journalism and Law and Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at USC. He founded the Center for Law and Social Policy, a public interest agency which has represented civil rights groups, women’s organizations, labor unions, and environmentalists in landmark FCC proceedings.

Leroy Aarons was an editor and a national correspondent for the Washington Post, serving as the New York bureau chief and later establishing the paper’s first Los Angeles bureau. He is the founder of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).