Mountain—The Journey of Justice Douglas
THE STORY: The action of the play occurs within the mind of a dying man. Playing against the other two actors, who enact a multitude of memories (e.g., FDR, Nixon, Brandeis, his own parents, wives and children), Douglas struggles to find the meaning of his life. With the nation now moving in a direction antithetical to his own liberal passions, was his life meaningless? Were the sacrifices—his fight against poverty and sickness as a youth, his failures as husband and father—worth making? How does one’s public life balance against the private one? The play ends with a passionate reaffirmation of the power of courage over fear, of the individual over the technological State.
An exploration and celebration of the life of William O. Douglas (1898-1980).
“Powerful, thought-provoking…an absorbing theatrical event…always lively, dramatic, highly personal. The construction of the play is artful indeed…the effect is exhilarating.” —New York Magazine.
“The play is stirring…remarkable in its ability to juggle ideas, biographical information, great humor and poignant scenes.” —New York Daily News.
“A tour de force…genuine dramatic interchange.” —Variety.
“MOUNTAIN is worth the climb. I recommend it.” —New York Post.