INTERPLAY JEWISH THEATRE, founded in 2011 by Cleveland playwright Faye Sholiton, produces free staged readings of outstanding plays that view the contemporary world through a Jewish lens.

INTERPLAY is a community-generated effort to revive a century-old tradition, but with a contemporary flavor. Our professional actors and directors bring to life some of the most compelling drama – and raucous comedy – written by today's most gifted writers.

INTERPLAY runs entirely on donations. Patrons are invited to drop cash or checks in our fishbowl to “play it forward” and cover the cost of the next reading.

U.S. v Howard Mechanic

Art by Ralph SolonitzU.S. v Howard Mechanic

by Faye Sholiton

a staged reading directed by Fred Sternfeld

and featuring Mary Alice Beck, Nicholas Chokan, Carlos Cruz, Anjanette Hall*, Joel Hammer*, Bill Hoffman, Scott Miller*, Gregory Violand*, and Jimmie Woody

(*Member, Actors’ Equity Association)

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.  SOLD OUT: waiting list available

Hosted by
Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights

Howard Mechanic, a Shaker native, found his life changed forever on the evening of May 4, 1970. He never dreamed that his presence at an anti-war rally would lead to his false arrest on federal charges and turn him into a fugitive for nearly 30 years. In 2000, at age 52, he would finally surrender to authorities to begin serving an open-ended sentence.

Adapted from Fugitive Candidate: The Autobiography of Howard Mechanic, the Last Prisoner of the Vietnam War, the play examines how on idealist struggles to stay whole while trying to reclaim his freedom and his good name.


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