Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax
& The Execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann
Film, Theatre and Music
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THE EXONERATED Brave Navigator
Baby Case Noel Behn
Hauptmann by John Logan
Harry Kazman's Trial Re-enactments (Court TV Review)
Century Productions - Flemington Courtroom Fees
of the Century: The Framing of Richard
Hauptmann (HBO 1996)
HBO Movie with Stephen Rea and Isabella Rosselini.
Based upon Ludovic Kennedy's book - The Airman and the Carpenter
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case 1976 VHS
Charles and Anne Alone Together Lindbergh's Great Race 1996
Lindbergh: The Shocking, Turbulent Life of America's Lone Eagle '88
The Biography of Charles Lindbergh A&E National Geographic - The Lone Eagle
Across the Atlantic: Behind The Lindbergh Legend The Story of Charles Lindbergh
Lindbergh: Famous Americans of the 20th Century 1991
Kidnap Stage Productions List Assembled
by Sam Bornstein
Lindbergh Kidnap Stage Productions List
Assembled by Sam Bornstein
Franklin, Cary John. 2002. Loss of Eden. Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Greening, John. June, 2002. A Ladder in Hopewell. NC Stage Company Theater, Asheville, NC.
Greenwood, David Valdes. October, 1998. Brave Navigator. Pyramid Theatre Alliance, Rochester Playwright Festival.
Kazman, Harry. Lindbergh and Hauptmann: The Trial of the Century. (a reenactment of the trial)
Logan, John. Hauptmann. (got as far as Off-Broadway)
Mooney, Bill. April 25 and 26, 2003. Everyone Wanted in the Act. (One-man show, fundraiser for the Hunterdon County Medical Foundation).
Ogborn, Jeffrey. 2001. Baby Case. Arden Theatre Co. Philadelphia.
NEW YORK (AP) - 10/13/98
Noel Behn, a novelist and screenwriter who appeared in Woody Allen films and was a regular at celebrity hangout Elaine's, died of a heart attack Monday. He was 70.
Behn, a creative consultant for the NBC series ``Homicide: Life on the Street,'' was an early supporter of the off-Broadway theater movement, working as producing director of the Cherry Lane Theater in the 1950s and '60s.
He wrote seven books, several of which were made into movies. His first novel, ``The Kremlin Letter,'' was released in 1970 as a film starring Orson Welles and directed by John Huston. Behn's ``The Big Stick-up at Brink's'' became ``The Brink's Job,'' a 1978 movie with Peter Falk and Peter Boyle.
At Elaine's, he met Woody Allen, who cast him in ``Another Woman'' and ``Stardust Memories.''
Behn wrote six scripts for ``Homicide: Life on the Streets.'' One, ``A Many Splendored Thing,'' was nominated for the 1994 Writer's Guild Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
The Arden Theatre Company is a nonprofit theatre company located in Philadelphia.
The Arden [has developed] Baby Case, a world-premiere musical by emerging composer Michael Ogborn. Baby Case recounts the media circus surrounding the 1932 abduction of the Lindbergh baby and the subsequent trial, exploring the cultural, political and historical motivations of one of the most notorious crimes in American history and how it captured the American psyche.
Under the direction of the Arden’s Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen, Baby Case will open on our 360-seat F. Otto Haas Stage
October 11, 2001, and run until November 11, 2001.
While the Arden has produced musicals and new works since our inception in 1988, *Baby Case* is our first world-premiere musical. Never before has the Arden mounted a work of this scope (25 actors playing 67 roles, 10 musicians), and we expect *Baby Case* to be among the region’s most memorable cultural highlights next season.
As part of the production, we hope to use multimedia projections of archival film footage, photographs and newspaper headlines to help tell the story and underscore the media’s omnipresence in the Lindberghs’ lives.
David & Bruno Off-Broadway
New Jersey Law Journal
June 15, 1992
By Drew Clark
John Logan traveled the same path as historians and Lindbergh aficionados and
agrees with the revisionists: Bruno Hauptmann was innocent of killing the
Lindbergh baby and shouldn't have been executed. Logan also thinks prosecutor
David Wilentz was an instrument of public revenge.
Unlike other purveyors of post-Lindbergh literature, Logan presents his
conclusions in a play
The result is "Hauptmann," which opened to mixed reviews off-Broadway on May
28 and had a two-week run at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The Chicago-based playwright says he didn't conclude that Wilentz was a
villain at the 1935 trial, but that the audience may think he was because the
play is written from Hauptmann's perspective.
Logan, who was a library clerk at the Northwestern University School of Law,
says that as he researched the case, his opinion of Hauptmann's guilt began to
"I was looking for a real villain, and I thought Hauptmann was guilty," Logan
says. "I read the original transcripts. The primary source material made me
think he was possibly innocent."
Logan says he believes Hauptmann was convicted in the media by writers like
Alexander Wolcott, H.L. Mencken, and Edna Ferber, and in the minds of Americans
well before he went to trial. The message of the play is that capital
punishment is wrong and that in America, justice is sometimes meted out to
satisfy the demands of a vengeful public.
Logan calls prosecuting attorney Wilentz "the cold gun of the state," but
gives him credit for being good at it.
"The cross-examination of Hauptmann was a forensic masterpiece of dissecting
the witness on the stand," he says.
Warren Wilentz, of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer of Woodbridge has not seen the
play but, agrees with the author's assessment of his father, David. "All he had
to have was the seat across from you to dissect you. He didn't even have to get
you on the stand."
New Jersey Law Journal
September 10, 2001
Bringing Down the House -
Lawyers faced with rising litigation costs should
feel some empathy for Harry Kazman, whose tab for re-enacting the 1935 trial of
Bruno Hauptmann at the old Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington appears
about to go up.
When the freeholders meet this Tuesday, they are expected to decide whether
to start charging him for use of the space, based on whether his Century
Productions, which stages the event, is for profit.
The retired drama teacher says he is obtaining nonprofit status but won't
have it by Tuesday. The $25 ticket charge barely covers the $2,500 to $3,000 he
pays for the sheriff's officer who is required to be present, not to mention
cast salaries and advertising costs. A hefty county fee could keep the show from
going on, he says.
The play, "The Trial of the Century," is about the 32-week trial that led to
the execution of Hauptmann for the fatal kidnapping of the son of Charles
Lindbergh. In its 11th year, it is scheduled to start Sept. 28. Kazman says
large numbers of lawyers attend, including Justice Peter Verniero last year. "
Prosecutors seem to like it particularly," he adds.
thanks to Sue Campbell for submitting the following info
David Valdes Greenwood
4f / 2m / representational sets
This captivating play was inspired by “The Crime of the Century” — the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case of 1932.
On the night she can never sleep, the anniversary of the kidnapper’s execution, the widow of America’s early aviator hero is compelled to reveal the “true” story of the kidnaping to her granddaughter. Too ashamed of the truth to reveal it to anyone, the woman of the title divulges that the man who was put to death for the crime ... was an innocent man. Now in her eighties and swarmed by memories and guilt, the Brave Navigator flashes back to the trial and her marriage to the famous world traveler, saying, “People do surprising things for love.” By the author’s own account, “The play is a fantasia on a mystery...”.
Originally produced by Pyramid Theatre Alliance in the Rochester Playwright Festival as winner of the Midwest Theatre Network National New Play Competition.
“Brave Navigator proves absorbing...” -- Post Bulletin.
Here is an overview of
Brave Navigator. You can also go to www.ppp.org
get more information and see pictures of the production.
Brave Navigator Searches for the Truth
Since the advent of the mass media, the public's fascination with
celebrities has grown increasingly obsessive. Even the most routine
celebrity activities are well documented in words and images. But sometimes
the lens of a camera or the headline of a newspaper can distort the reality
of an event. This fall season, the Poplar Pike Playhouse's Brave Navigator,
written by David Valdes Greenwood and set to open on November 6th, takes a
look at what can happen when idolatry is taken too far, and the guilty go
The public and media reactions to the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder are
reflected throughout Brave Navigator, a compelling story inspired by the
events of the infamous case. The play, however, does more than examine the
Lindbergh trial. It comments upon all trials in America in which a frenzied
media have clouded the truth to satisfy the public.
Radio had just come into its own in 1932 when the child of America's first
sensationalized celebrity, Colonel Charles Lindbergh, was kidnapped. The
world was abuzz with competing theories and accusations. For the first time,
radio news had the power to capture listeners. "Frenzied speculation about
the kidnapping dominated the media for seventy-five days until the child's
body was found in the woods, and continued to spin throughout the search for
and conviction of the perpetrator," says Dr. Janann Sherman, a professor of
history at the University of Memphis.
"The play relates to
many of the high profile legal cases we've seen, such
as the JonBenet Ramsey case," says Jeff White, Brave Navigator's associate
director. "The public latched on so quickly that the truth became
irrelevant. There was no telling if justice had been served."
Though Brave Navigator bears an obvious similarity to the entire sequence
of events surrounding the Lindbergh kidnapping and trial, the play itself is
purely fictional. Greenwood wrote the play as a reaction to the O.J. Simpson
trial and the public's interest in the case. After listening to the
theories of his co-workers, Greenwood began to wonder, "If the actual
reality of publicly dissected events does not line up with how these events
are recorded in historical fact, what must the knowledge be like for those
parties who know the difference?"
Greenwood introduces key
characters and integral components through a series
of flashbacks. The play's abstract presentation only adds to the thrill of
the mystery. The audience's perspective can change easily in a matter of
seconds. Combining the media with themes of kidnapping, murder, trial, and
punishment allows the play to reach people on many levels. In the end, it's
up to the audience to play judge and juror.
Publicity and Promotions Director
Poplar Pike Playhouse
Germantown, TN 38138
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Ronelle Delmont's Ronelle Delmont's Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax (LKH) Forum
Michael Melsky's Lindbergh Kidnapping Discussion Board
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