Full Length Play
Time Period - 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII
Settings Of Play - July, 1945-July, 1975. The Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. and beyond.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
Neither the captain of the USS Indianapolis, McVay, nor his crew were told the cargo they had delivered in Tinian contained the essential components for the atomic bomb to be dropped in Hiroshima. Having completed its top secret mission, the ship was sunk by a Japanese submarine. The crew languished in shark infested waters while Naval authorities logged the ship safe in port. The navy's coverup and attempt to make McVay a scapegoat lead to a national scandal.
"A play of epic scope... attempting to bring clarity and justice overdue to an incident in our history." - Los Angeles Times
The Failure to Zig Zag was first presented at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 17, 1981. It was directed by Tom Haas.