Theatre: Fall of the City

At five minutes to seven last Sunday evening a squad of actors and a battalion of New York University students, New Jersey high-school children and boys' club members were assembled in Manhattan's Seventh Regiment Armory. In five minutes they would begin to enact the most ambitious radio play ever attempted in the U. S., The Fall of the City. Pulitzer Prize Poet Archibald MacLeish (Conquistador, Frescoes for Mr. Rockefeller's City, Panic) had written it. Director Irving Reis of Columbia's Workshop of the Air had persuaded Orson Welles, one of the country's...

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