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Failure to Zig Zag, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Failure to Zig Zag, The

John B. Ferzacca

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Full Length Play, Drama

16m

ISBN: 9780573640261

"A play of epic scope... attempting to bring clarity and justice overdue to an incident in our history." - Los Angeles Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

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

Period Costumes

TAGS

Politics, War

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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.
Characters

CASTING

16m

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Male, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

CHARLES V. MCVAY III - Captain
DAVID E. WALL - Rear Admiral
ALAN C. BRETT - Lieutenant Commander
LEWIS GREENE - Reporter
WAYNE PULASKI - Radioman 1st Class
SAM BERTELLI - Electricians Mate 2nd Class
MARCUS KINGMAN - Seaman 1st Class
BRIAN T. SAMUELSON - Ensign
DALLAS LOFTEN - Private 1st Class, USMC
MICKEY JOHNSON - Seaman 2nd Class
THOMAS ABERNATHY - Petty Officer 2nd Class
DEFENSE/ JAMES HARCOURT - Captain
HAROLD SCHMIDT - Lieutenant
PROSECUTION / DWIGHT EFFIS - Captain
JON J. SULLIVAN - Commander
ARNOLD DALBERG - Pilot, Army Air Corps
MOCHITSURA HASHIMOTO - Commander
GLYNN DONAHO - Captain
THREE MEMBERS OF THE PRESS
AN M.P. AND VOICE

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
Arthur Snow 5/18/2016 9:17 AM
This is a real life historical drama about the court martial of the captain of the cruiser USS Indianapolis which had been torpedoed by a Japanese submarine after delivering the atomic bomb to Guam near the end of WWII.  Beyond its sinking, the tragedy was that over 800 men died during and after the four days that the survivors spend in shark infested waters while the US Navy failed to notice the ship's overdue arrival in the Philippines and did not conduct a search/rescue effort.  The issues at the court martial are the protocol followed by the captain, the navy using the captain as a scapegoat, and the human perspectives of the prosecution, defense, ship's crew and Japanese submarine commander.  The script is based on actual court martial transcripts.  As a play, it compares very well with the more well-known Caine Mutiny.  It is also a good opportunity to learn some very interesting history and to see human beings struggling to be honest with themselves along with the tragedy of doing so.

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