The Theater: Of Law, Duty and Conscience

Even within the wide latitudes accorded drama at the present, Father Daniel Berrigan's The Trial of the Catonsville Nine is a play in name only. It is a documentary recital of evidence presented at the trial of Berrigan, his brother Philip and seven other Catholic defendants in connection with the napalm burning of draft records at Catonsville, Md. Insofar as it can be classified, Nine falls within the area of the theater of fact. The subjects discussed have particular pertinence for a U.S. audience: the maltreatment of blacks, the exploitation of the poor in Latin American countries, the war in Viet...

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