The process of compressing history into drama can generate tension between the historian and the dramatist. As James Reston Jr. will testify, the historian usually feels a sinking disappointment as the dramatist explains what it will take to get the attention of an audience. Of Reston's 15 books, three have become plays and three screenplays, but not always to his satisfaction. Asked to write a fourth screenplay, he leapt at the chance to resolve the historian/dramatist tension. Did his approach work? Reston, who was David Frostís Watergate adviser in 1976-1977, will answer this question and others in a talk that will appeal to historians and screenwriters alike.
Wednesday, May 11
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C., 20540 Free and open to the public; no tickets are needed.
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