by  Joanna McClelland Glass

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

"Comic and touching." - The New York Times

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Trying is a two-character play based on the author’s experience during 1967-1968 when she worked for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, D.C. Judge Biddle had been Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt. After the war, President Truman named him Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The play is about a young Canadian girl and an old, Philadelphia aristocrat “trying” to understand each other in what Biddle knows is the final year of his life.
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"Comic and touching. " - The New York Times

"Trying is a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre." - New York Daily News

"Trying is a beautifully written, delicate and engaging two-hander." - Toronto Globe and Mail

"Exquisitely literate, moving and compelling." - Variety


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  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: Georgetown, Washington, D.C. November, 1967.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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JUDGE BIDDLE - An eighty-one year old, once brilliant man who was Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt.  After a long and illustrious career he now functions, as he says, “somewhere between lucidity and senility”. He is the aristocratic scion of an old, Main Line Philadelphia family.
SARAH SCHORR - A twenty-fi ve year old girl who has been hired, by Mrs. Biddle, to be the judge’s secretary. She is a direct, plain-spoken, pleasant girl, originally from the prairie province of Saskatchewan.
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Joanna McClelland Glass

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Trying premiered at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago Illinois in March 2004 under the direction of Sandy Shinner.

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