Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers


Text Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons
Direction John Rubinstein
A co-production with L.A. Theatre Works and Affinity Collaborative Theater

2009/10 Season

February 24, 2010—March 28, 2010

Read Synopsis

It’s 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 government’s need for secrecy and the public’s right to know. Top Secret is a triumphant reminder of the importance of the continuing battle fought in the name of the First Amendment.

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

with Diane Adair, Larry Bryggman, John Getz, James Gleason, Jack Gilpin, Kathryn Meisle, Matt McGrath, Larry Pine, Russell Soder, Peter Strauss and Peter Van Norden