In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee, under the direction of its chair, Democrat Edward J. Hart of New Jersey, grilled ten film directors and screenwriters about promulgating alleged enemy propaganda. Dubbed the Hollywood Ten, all ten of those blacklisted invoked their First and Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer questions about their association with the Communist Party. As a result, all were found in contempt of Congress, and were blacklisted, meaning they never worked in Hollywood again. Next up on the docket was German emigre playwright and screenwriter Bertolt Brecht. Instead of keeping mum, Brecht decided the Congressional hearing was an opportunity for yet another theatrical performance. The story of Brecht’s testimony, and his subsequent escape to Paris, is the subject of Madison’s Fermat’s Last Theater Company’s latest production, “Singing in the Dark Times,” which runs August 8th through the 12th at the Arts and Literature Laboratory. Company director David Simmons and actress Greer DuBois joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on August 6, 2018.
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