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Saratoga Arts Presents
30 Years of Community Arts: a brown-bag lunch talk
Travels with a Masked Man is John Hadden's play about deception, “the game” (espionage) and rough filial love. It is an hour-long, two-character, solo performance based on his book, Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me .
Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying, hilarious, and poignant, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films––but the real conversation, the subtext, is about what they mean to each other.
John Hadden (senior) was an early member of CIA in Berlin, Hamburg and Salzburg, he was the station chief in Israel during the 60’s, through the Six-Day War, and he ran the “Middle East Desk” in Washington, DC until his quasi-retirement in the early 70s.
The play is performed in minimal style, to bring as intense a focus as possible to the relationship between the two men. For a “second act,” we invite two members of the local community who have experience in family issues, grieving, and/or the personal ramifications of politics, as well as three or four members of the audience who are moved to speak about their own experience. With coffee, tea, and tasty things to eat.
John Hadden has worked as a theater-maker consistently here and abroad for 40 years. He was a founding member and associate artistic director of Shakespeare & Co, Lenox, MA, artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Company, Cambridge, NY, associate artist with We Players, San Francisco, and artistic director/co-founder of Counterpoint Theater, Boston.
His plays—Stray Dogs, Hard Rain, Women at War, and his one-acts—have won awards and have been seen at Ensemble Studio Theater, PS 122, LaMama ETC, Firehouse 13, Providence, Northampton Center for the Arts, Hubbard Hall, The Theater Project, Brunswick, ME, and Mixed Company, Great Barrington, MA, and his writing has been published in The Good Ear Review and American Letters & Commentary.
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