The Absence of Weather

February 26 – March 26, 2005

In May 1949, James Forrestal, President Truman’s Secretary of Defense, attempts suicide and his wife commits him to the Bethesda Naval Hospital. The architect of cold-war paranoia fears that Russians have not only infiltrated the highest ranks of the U.S. government, but are hiding in the bushes outside his home. Forrestal confides in a fellow patient about his rise to power and the choices that he made to protect the country. But if a man makes choices he’s not proud of, even if it’s for the larger good, is that man still right? An American tragedy about the wages of fear.

Written by Ken Urban

Directed by Mark Seldis

Cast: Dale Duko, Jeffrey Landman, Jodie Schell, Alexander Wells, Tristan Wright

Scenic: Paul DeDoes

Sound: Mike Peters

Costumes: Meghan Wincor

Lighting: Chris Wojcieszyn

Assistant Director: Lisa Gruber