Magenta Theater’s PACK OF LIES
Magenta Theater’s PACK OF LIES - a drama by Hugh Whitemore, based on true events that happened during the Cold War in 1960s London. Directed by Jaynie Roberts and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., this is Magenta Theater’s second show of its 17th season and will be presented March 29 – April 13, 2019.
In 1961 Helen and Peter Kroger were found guilty of spying for the Russians and were sentenced to twenty years’ imprisonment. In 1969 they were exchanged for a Britain jailed in Moscow, and flew off to Poland amidst a great hullabaloo in the press. Shortly after the Krogers’ release, Gay Search, a young journalist was having dinner with Cedric Messina, who was then producing BBC’s Play of the Month series. Conversation touched on the Krogers, and Miss Search said, “I know them. In fact, they were our neighbours.” She then told Messina the full story of her involvement with the Krogers and how her family had played a key part in their capture. The television play “Act of Betrayal” was birthed and adhered very closely to known facts. After its successful transmittal, Whitemore, the playwright could not shake thoughts of how the ordinary citizen is rendered relatively powerless when faced with officialdom. Eventually, he reworked the basic story into a longer, less restricted, more ficitonalised form – “Pack of Lies”. Before starting work on the play, Whitemore wrote to the man who was in charge of MI5’s day-by-day handling of the case. His wish was merely to connect – not necessarily gain startling disclosures. The gentleman’s reply was he would regrettably be unable to discuss the case. He stated that his “former masters” had imposed “a total embargo on interviews of any sort.”
Mr. Whitemore suggests audiences ponder: Who are the “former masters”? Who gave them their authority? How can we, the general public, be sure that they are acting wisely? And if not, how can we control them? (Above details are from the foreword of the script, “Pack of Lies”.)
Kristen Noel and Matthew Thoreson play Barbara and Bob Jackson, neighbours of the Krogers, with Audrey Burns playing their daughter, Julie. KC Cooper and Tim Klein play Helen and Peter Kroger. Evan Adent plays Mr. Stewart, the investigator. Also in the cast are Alyssa Faubion and Katie Bratcher as the surveillance operatives.
Tickets: www.MagentaTickets.com/tickets $20 in advance, $22 at the door
Performances 7:30pm: March 29, 30 and April 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12
2:00pm April 6 and April 13
1108 Main St
Vancouver, WA 98660
Box Office Phone: 360-635-4358
1108 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660