U.S. v Howard Mechanic
by Faye Sholiton
a staged reading directed by Fred Sternfeld
and featuring Bob Abelman, Mary Alice Beck, Nicholas Chokan, Carlos Cruz, Bill Hoffman, Laurel Hoffman, Scott Miller*, Greg Violand*, and Jimmie Woody
(*Member, Actors’ Equity Association)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 at 7 p.m. SOLD OUT: waiting list available
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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