Travels with a Masked Man a play about deception, ‘the game” (espionage) and rough filial love comes to Oldcastle Theatre Sunday evening May 28th at 7:30.
The play, written by actor John Hadden, is based on his book Conversations with a Masked Man:My Father, the CIA, and Me. Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying, hilarious, and poignant, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films—but the real conversation, the subtext, is about what they mean to each other.
John Hadden (senior) was an early member of the Central Intelligence Agency in Berlin, Hamburg, and Salzburg, he was station chief in Israel during the 60’s, through the six-day war, and he ran the Middle East Desk in Washington, D.C. until his quasi-retirement in the 70s.
John Hadden, a long time actor who is currently appearing in the Oldcastle Theatre’s production of Shipwrecked!. He is a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company of Lenox, Massachusetts, and the former Artistic Director of The Hubbard Hall Theater Company.’ Last season he won a “Berkie” Award at Shakespeare and Company where his roles have ranged from Romeo to Iago to Hamlet. Hadden plays both roles in …Masked Man in a theatrical tour de force.
“It has been pleasure working with John on Shipwrecked!, according to Oldcastle’s Producing Artistic Director, Eric Peterson. “We have wanted to work with John for several years and it is delightful to have him on our stage in a absolutely splendid performance and to be able to present his fascinating one-man play. I think it will be great fun for our audience to see him in two such very different roles in such close proximity.”
Oldcastle Theatre is located at 331 Main Street (VT Route 9) in Bennington VT. For reservations or information visit the Oldcastle website or call 802-447-0564. Tickets are just 25.00