Jewish Federation Theatre
698 Beech Street, Manchester, NH 03104
An Original Play by Tom Anastasi
Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Spaulding Center for the Arts at Pinkerton Academy
Alan D. Kaplan, Director
Steve Short, Stage Manager
Matthew Cahoon, Technical Director
Alyssa Dillon, Sound engineer
Mary Selvoski, Costumer
Tom Anastasi, Producer
Peter Erikson Scott Katrycz
Tracy Kaplan Gina Carballo
Mark Cliffs Dan Merriman
Joe Downing Seth Thompson
Rebecca Bennett Katie Anastasi
Stepan Ostervitch Patrick Sawicki
Russian Guard Raymond Caron
Maggie Schillingsworth Michelle Bosse
Captain O'Toole Tom Anastasi
Haley Saisi Lauriel Faltin
Reporter Susan LaBrie
Deadline, Tom Anastasi's new play, follows a newspaper reporter (played by Dan Merriman) working in Boston in a Presidential election year and an unpopular sitting President who tries to capture the 'rally-round-the-flag effect.' Knowing that strong Presidents never lose second-term elections in times of war, he tries to create a crisis by convincing the country it is under atttack by UFOs. When the public rejects that argument, events escalate into violence and the threat of nuclear strike. The reporter,
meanwhile, races to discover who and what are involved before it's too late.
The unique opening of Deadline provides the audience a step ahead of
the characters in understanding the plot. The tedium of the day to day
quest for stories which will sell newspapers is interrupted by an initially
hard to believe but possible set of circumstances that have relevance in
our modern day world.