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Steven Culp in "Benedict Arnold"

Saturday, July 11, 1998 at 8:00 pm & Sunday, July 12, 1998 at 3:00 pm

Interact Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA

Presented during the InterACTivity '98 -
The Fifth Annual Festival of the Interact Theatre Company
June 12 - July 12, 1998

14 sponsored projects combined for 13 separate programs, 26 performances
Staged readings & performances of various projects sponsored by the membership and from the Play Development Lab.
75 actors and directors participated, and the works of 19 writers were represented.

Playwright by William Mastrosimone
Directed by Joel Anderson

Sponsored by Christina Carlisi

Arnold One - Eddie Jones
Benjamin - Harry Hutchinson
Peggy One - Leslie Hicks
Arnold Two - Dave Florek
General Gates - James Gleason
Major Franks - Andrew Villaverde
The Surgeon - Steven Hack
Peggy Two - Christina Carlisi
Captain John Andre - Steven Culp
Joseph Reed - Alan Brooks
Judge Edward Shippen - Leon Russom
George Washington - Doug Ballard
The Congressman - James Gleason
Joshua Smith - James Gleason
Samuel Cahoon - Steven Hack
Sir Henry Clinton - Doug Ballard
Isaac Van Wart - Steven Hack
Colonel Alexander Hamilton - Alan Brooks
The Courier - Harry Hutchinson
Arnold's Second - Steven Hack
Lord Lauderdale - Alan Brooks
Lauderdale's Second - James Gleason
Natanis, the Abenaki Indian Chief - James McDonnell

William Mastrosimone's Benedict Arnold examines the complexities and humanness of the man who gained the reputation for being one of the biggest American traitors of all time.


As this begins, Gen. Washington is recommending to Congress the promotion of General Benedict Arnold to Major General. "This most active and courageous patriot has done everything that honor and love of country suggest," he wrote in a 1776 letter. Arnold had saved his retreating army in Quebec, and won the battle of Saratoga, despite a wound that could have cost him his right leg. Washington's letter compared Arnold to Hannibal.

But while he was fighting the good fight, Arnold's home life has fallen apart. His wife has died of fever, leaving him a widower with three young sons, and his sister has bankrupt his shipping business. Even Congress is against him, he rages. They're refusing to pay what he's earned for his three years of service to the nation. It makes no difference to him that his commander-in-chief also is serving without pay.

Arnold has had it; he wants out. Washington wants him to be Military Governor of Philadelphia and to keep an eye on the powerful Congressman Joseph Reed, who is out to get Washington's hide. Washington cajoles his reluctant general with tempting tales of lively Philly ladies. And, indeed, when Arnold gets there, he finds a filly at his first Governor's Ball. It's a party celebrating the second anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The smitten Arnold and his greedy wife plot the delivery of West Point and Gen. Washington to the British. By the time he realizes what he's done, it's too late. At that point, this drama, sad to say, leaves the traitor to the pages of history.

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