PRLog - July 29, 2014 - LONG BEACH, Calif. -- It’s 1967. Lyndon B. Johnson is in office, Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis have just become an “item,” protests against the Vietnam war are going strong — and Judge Francis Biddle, former Attorney General under FDR and Chief Judge at the Nuremburg Trials, is 81 years old. Trying is the award-winning play inspired by the real-life experiences of playwright Joanna McClelland Glass as personal secretary to Biddle during the last year of his life.
Called “exquisitely literate, moving and compelling” by Daily Variety, Trying is a funny, bittersweet look at the healing power of companionship, and a fascinating portrait of an illustrious figure in American history. After a series of disappointing failures with secretaries, the brilliant and irascible Biddle — in failing health and beginning to confront his own mortality — is apprehensive when the young and inexperienced Sarah Schorr arrives to work with him in his small office over the garage of his home. Although his ancestry and position in the centers of American power contrast strongly with her humble beginnings on the prairies of Saskatchewan, the two forge a rocky friendship, and Glass’ richly scripted story illustrates how two strangers, at two dramatically different places in their lives, can unexpectedly and forever influence each other.
“It’s a fascinating relationship between two people with radically different ideas of the world,” says director John Henry Davis. “His is a patrician world view and she’s a prairie populist. He’s facing the end of a vital life and career, and she’s just starting out. The result is an exciting, funny and thrilling partnership.”
Trying runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Aug. 22 through Sept. 14. Two preview performances take place on Wednesday, Aug. 20 and Thursday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $42 on Thursdays and $47 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, except opening night (Aug. 22) for which tickets are $52 and include a post-performance reception with the actors. International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach, CA 90802. For reservations and information, call the ICT Box Office at 562-436-4610