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Voices of the Chicago Eight


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Book published to commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Chicago Trial. The popular documentary "The Chicago Ten" and an as yet unnamed film directed by Steven Spielberg will -- and have --revived popular consciousness, and youth interest, about the pivotal events of 1968. Radio: Promote book to the Pacifica Network, and community radio stations around the country as a good premium to offer during fundraisers. If Tom Hayden is available for interview, this will be offered, as well. (Once the DVD of "The Chicago 10" is available, suggest that stations pair the book and the DVD as premiums. ) TV: Send pitch to The Daily Show, citing Hayden's successful appearance on The Colbert Report. Print: Book isn't likely to get reviews as there isn't much new material, but may be sent to journalists who are interested in interviewing Tom Hayden and / or writing about the events of 1968. Send to The Nation, as Hayden is on the Editorial Board. Send to the LA Times (his hometown paper). NY Times. NY Review of Books. Web: Promote book on Tom Hayden's web site (tomhayden.com), The Huffington Post (where he has a column), & Truthdig.com, where he has allies. Tour: Hayden has been invited to many '68 commemorative events this year. We'll follow his lead, and make sure that books are for sale at these events. Academic: Promote book to Theater Arts departments. Hayden will write a personal letter recommending the book to teachers.

About the Author

"Tom Hayden changed America", the national correspondent of The Atlantic, Nicholas Lemann, has written. He created "the blueprint for the Great Society programs", according to presidential assistant Richard Goodwin. He was the "single greatest figure of the 1960s student movement", according to a New York Times book review. Forty years later he was described as "the conscience of the Senate" Frank Condon has directed all five of the professional productions of The Chicago Conspiracy Trial to date, including the original production at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. That production garnered him Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Awards for both directing and playwriting. RON SOSSI, Artistic Director of the ODYSSEY THEATRE ENSEMBLE, received a BA in Theatre from the University of Michigan where he won the Avery Hopwood Playwriting Award, and an MA in Film from UCLA, where he was awarded the Samuel Goldwyn Creative Writing Award.


a tremendous rush of emotion . . . a jolting evocation of a dark, disturbing moment in our history.--Chicago Tribunepowerful . . . can't help but touch raw nerves . . . wildly theatrical.--USA TodayThis skillfully edited recreation of the 1969 Chicago Eight conspiracy trial makes spectacular dramatic use of court transcripts to present a drama in which the participants are as intense as the political atmosphere. . . . contains a surprisingly large dose of humor . . . superb . . . powerful production--Variety. . . beautifully realized . . . a taut, exciting script . . .--The Nation

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