Salt Lake City Skyline

Salt Lake City Skyline

Salt Lake City Skyline

by: Thomas Babe

by: Thomas Babe

Salt Lake City Skyline

Salt Lake City Skyline

by: Thomas Babe

by: Thomas Babe

Overview

The time is 1915, the place the Salt Lake City courtroom where Joe Hill, the celebrated local radical, is on trial for murder. Obviously mistrusted by the conservative folk of his day, Hill senses that his cause is lost, even though the evidence presented against him is less than decisive. This, he knows, is his last forum, and he uses it to expose the complacency and small-mindedness of his attackers, even refusing to use the one alibi which could save him, because doing so would compromise a lady whom he loves and respects. Taking over his own defense, and punctuating his telling, irreverent interrogations with songs and fantasy sequences, Hill angers, dismays and ultimately shames his tormentors—bringing the play to a powerful, poignant conclusion and establishing the martyrdom which, he knows, will be his greatest contribution to the ideals which have motivated his short and turbulent life.

Authors

Thomas Babe

Thomas Babe (March 13, 1941 – December 6, 2000) was an American playwright, writing mainly during the mid 70s and 80s. He was the son of Thomas James and Ruth Babe. He died of lung cancer on December 6, 2000, in a hospice in Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 59. Babe's work brought together many elem ...

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