[@ABRONS SERIES] Transport Group: The Trial of the Catonsville Nine

January 16–February 23, 2019

The unlikely activists that set the nation ablaze.

The unlikely activists that set the nation ablaze. It is 1968 and the war is raging in Vietnam. A draft card is viewed by many as a death certificate. In the midst of a divided country, with corrosive mistrust in government and authority, nine would-be bystanders in Catonsville, Maryland decide that complacency is complicity — it is time for action. Their single act of conscience to halt the draft awakens a national resistance. Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III has radically re-imagined this provocative piece of theatre created from the actual court transcripts of the Catonsville Nine trial. Actors David Huynh, Mia Katigback and Eunice Wong play over a dozen roles as they excavate the stories and inspiration behind these history-making activists. This production is produced in partnership with the National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO).

Post-Performance Talkbacks

Wednesday, January 23 – John Sexton, is president emeritus of New York University, having served as president of New York University from 2002 through 2015, and dean emeritus of NYU Law School and its current Benjamin Butler Professor of Law. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sexton also serves on the board of the Institute of International Education and is past chair of the American Council on Education. He received a BA in history, an MA in comparative religion, and a PhD in the history of American religion, all from Fordham University, and a JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Friday, January 25 – The Rev. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication, and author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Jesus: A Pilgrimage and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. His latest book is Building a Bridge, about how the Catholic church can reach out to LGBT Catholics. Father Martin is a frequent commentator on religion and spirituality in the national and international media.

Friday, February 1 – Joseph Cosgrove, trustee of the Daniel Berrigan literary trust. Lawyer and theologian, advocate for civil rights and social justice. Friend of Daniel Berrigan.

Saturday, February 9 – Frida Berrigan, daughter of Philip Berrigan, is the author of It Runs In The Family: On Being Raised by Radicals and Growing into Rebellious Motherhood (OR Books, 2015). She is a TomDispatch regular, writes the Little Insurrections column for WagingNonviolence.org, and is active with Witness Against Torture. She has three children and lives in New London, Connecticut.

Sunday, February 10 – Chris Hedges and John Dear. Hedges is an American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and visiting lecturer at Princeton. His books include War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009); Death of the Liberal Class (2010); Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (2012), written with cartoonist Joe Sacco, which was a New York Times best-seller; Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt (2015); and his most recent America: The Farewell Tour (2018). Dear is an American Catholic priest, Christian pacifist, vegetarianism advocate, author and lecturer, and a former member of the Society of Jesus. He has been arrested over 75 times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience against war, injustice and nuclear weapons. Dear has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize, in January 2008 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and most recently with Leo Rebello for the 2015 award. He has written extensively on Daniel Berrigan.

Sunday, February 17 - Alex Chester and Melissa Slaughter from the podcast “We’re Not all Ninjas” lead a talkback with the cast and creatives of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.