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Craig: Valparaiso Theatrical Company marks JFK assassination milestone

The Valparaiso Theatrical Company will present 'Specter Treas— The Oswald Trial' from Nov. 14-24.  |  AP file photo

The Valparaiso Theatrical Company will present "Specter of Treason — The Oswald Trial" from Nov. 14-24. | AP file photo

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Updated: October 21, 2013 6:05AM



The Valparaiso Theatrical Company will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with its production of “Specter of Treason — The Oswald Trial.”

Written by J.E. Ballantyne Jr., “Specter of Treason” imagines a past in which Lee Harvey Oswald survives the shooting by Jack Ruby and goes on trial for the JFK assassination in a Dallas federal courtroom.

With a script that features more than 50 characters, this drama brings the trial to life on stage with the audience as the jury who gets to render the final verdict on Oswald’s guilt or innocence.

Ballantyne has written four endings that are dependent on the audience’s verdict.

Directed by Craig Kozora and Steve Zana, the cast includes Bev Adkins, Amy Aurelio, Larry Bingham, Matt Byerly, Tom Byerly, Vickie Cash, JoBeth Cruz and Joe Culley.

Linda Didelot, Chloe Hoeksema, Jerry Jascoviak, Michael “Doc” Kuhn, George Maslankowski, Eric McCann, Mark McColly and William Milhans and Joel Palachak are also in the cast.

Other cast members include Mike Porter, Nick Russ, Rhonda Russ, Steven Collings Russell, Tim Slatton, Candice Smith, Jen Stevens, Pam Tschida, Nelson Velazquez, Bob Wichlinski and Mike Zelisko.

“Specter of Treason — The Oswald Trial” will run from Nov. 14-24 at First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, 3401 Valparaiso St., Valparaiso.

Information: (219) 309-6794 or valparaisotheatricalcompany.org.

After the Nov. 22 performance on the actual assassination anniversary, there will be a JFK After Show Gala featuring a cast discussion about the show along with hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks.

4th Street fundraiser

A fundraising event featuring Disposable Theatre, which is billed as Northwest Indiana’s only improv comedy group, will take place at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at 4th Street Theater, 125 N. 4th Street, Chesterton.

The event will feature 50-50 raffles and baked goods for sale along with the improv comedy of Disposable Theatre.

Seating is limited. Information: (219) 628-2250 or (219) 299-9508 or 4thstreetncca.org.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the 4th Street Theater.

NIETF’s 2013-14 viewers

The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, which is based in Crown Point, has announced the viewers selected for the 2013-14 theater season.

The volunteer viewers are obligated to see musicals, plays or both genres and then nominate performances, productions and technical aspects for the annual NIETF Awards ceremony that takes place each October.

The 2013-14 viewers are Brian Babczak, Molly Babczak, Matthew Byerly, Tom Byerly, Jonathan Fetsch, Peggy Glennie, Ed Griffith, Larry Hinken and Jerry Jascoviak.

Donna Kuhn, Karen Kroczek, Andy Leahy, Angie Lowe, Curt Malangoni, Maryetta Petras, Joseph Petras, Judy Perkinson, Debbie Sanders, Carl White and Dutch Williams are also among the 2013-14 viewers.

Information: nietf.org.

Bob Craig is a local freelance writer.



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