Program - Rally To Reopen The Rosenberg Case - February 2, 1975



THE JULIUS & ETHEL ROSENBERG CASE:
RE-OPENING THE PAST IN LIGHT OF THE PRESENT

OPENING             "In The Folded and Quiet Yesterdays"
(Text by Cart Sandburg; Adaptation and Music by Earl Robinson, 
                                       sung by Michael Loring ).

WITH REASON AND HUMANITY , PART I
by Robert Carl Cohen 
ADAPTED FROM WORK OF BARBARA CLAIRECHILDE. LESLIE HOAG, DUDLEY KNIGHT

Susan Bernard                        Belle Greer
Herschel Bernardi                   Hilda Haynes
Peter Bonerz                           Paul Jenkins
Eileen Brennan                       Sally Kemp
Roscoe Lee Browne               Harry J. Lessin
Judy Carnoy                           Pat Li
Terry Carter                            Arthur Metrano
Sarah Cunningham                 Leslie Parrish
Judyann Elder                         Frank Ramirez
Allen Garfield                          John Randolph
Lee Grant                                Martin Sheen

SPEAKERS              Professor Harold Urey
                                  Helen Sobell
                                  Isabel Chavez

SONG                       Myla Sonderling

SPEAKER                Gary Lawton

DRAMATIZATION   Henry Fonda 
(excerpt from  "Clarence Darrow" by David W. Rintels).

WITH REASON AND HUMANITY, PART II

SONGS    Phil Ochs    Ruthie Gorton

GREETINGS FROM THE LOS ANGELES COMMITTEE  Pat Allen

NEW EVIDENCE & PLANS FOR LEGAL ACTION

ROBERT MEEROPOL & MICHAEL MEEROPOL
(Sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg)

PRODUCER    Robert Carl Cohen
ASSISTANT PRODUCER  Michael Glass
DIRECTOR    Joe Sargent
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR  Stephanie Glass
STAGE MANAGER    Eve Melnechuk
SLIDE SHOW  Caroline Richards, Doug Hill, Michael Glass

The excerpts from the letters of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are being used for this performance only with the permission of the copyright owners, their sons and heirs, Michael and Robert.

PERFORMER AVAILABILITY SUBJECT TO WORK COMMITTMENTS.
THE COMMITTEE WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR HELP: SAWYER CAMERA; SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR LIBRARY SOCIAL STUDIES AND RESEARCH; AND THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INTERNATIONAL.
SANTA MONICA CIVIC AUDITORIUM, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1975


Gas masked policeman questions rally staff (Michael Glass - center - Robert Carl Cohen - far right)

That evening approximately 3,000 people filled the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.  Roscoe Lee Browne had just begun the performance when a riot control projectile of a type normally available only to police departments exploded in front of the air intake above the proscenium - quickly filling the hall with an aerosol powder irritant.  Choking, vomiting & fainting, the crowd fled outside - into a severe thunder storm.  As if forewarned, within minutes Santa Monica police & firemen wearing gas masks & equipped with portable ventilator fans appeared - telling the dazed & sickened crowd huddling for shelter in the outer lobby: "The show's over - go home."   Despite being urged to leave, over 2,000 waited more than an hour until the gas had cleared, then reentered the hall.  All 26 performers, including Henry Fonda who, wearing a pacemaker, after being assisted out of the auditorium by Michael Glass, remained and went on with the show.  An anonymous caller claimed the "Provisional Wing of the National Socialist Liberation Front" was responsible.
  
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