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June 2016


The Reckoning. Successful Premiere.

NTP’s one person play, The Reckoning, Pecora for the Public, opened successfully in Seattle, on March 4th 2016.  It was gratifying for everyone who collaborated to ensure a good outcome and special audience experience. Local critic, Marie Bonfils, wrote: “[I]t  was the best one-person show I have ever seen. Possibly it is the best solo play ever written.” The Reckoning deals with the 1933 US Senate hearings into the causes of the 1929 Stock Market Crash, led by Ferdinand Pecora.

Bob DeDea as Pecora
From Marie Bonfils review: “Proto the author is a lawyer. For a lawyer, the writing was surprisingly poetic, with quite a few poignant quotes from Shakespeare. Pecora’s love of Shakespeare was not just a love of poetry but also of the moral lessons found in Shakespeare’s tragedies.  His sense of justice was also reinforced by his Sicilian parents who came to this country to escape the oppression of the old world.”

See Bonfils’ Review

The Senate Hearings, Pecora’s role, and the play were described in the NTP Newsletters of September 2014 (“Unbowed and Unquestioned Politically,”) and February 2015 (“Unbowed and Unquestioned Politically II.”), and November 2015.


NTP determined "worthy of notice" on Wikipedia.


Read about Sacco & Vanzetti

The Reckoning: Collaboration. 

NTP and actor Bob De Dea were interviewed in this brief video, as prelude to a few moments of De Dea’s performance. The video captures one important thread in the play: NTP’s expectation that the actor could portray multiple characters, De Dea’s consummate skill, and, in collaboration with the imagination of Director Arne Zaslove and his melding of the musical, lighting, and technical art of his colleagues, the way De Dea gave clarity to NTP’s expectation.

Collaboration began much earlier. The research and isolation of the first few drafts, instructive lessons from playwrights and directors, then the table readings by various actors, 8 in total before small audiences in NYC, Seattle, and Washington, DC, and an expanded staged reading in New Haven (Southern Connecticut State University) before an audience of 100 invited guests. The writer’s singular persistence is essential, the quality of the outcome, on stage, is collaborative. 

NTP discusses play

NTP in New Haven: Giamatti Book. 

NTP continued his research into the history and times of Giamatti’s parents, Valentine and Peggy Walton Giamatti, and grandparents, Bartlett and Helen Walton and Angelo and Maria Giamatti (Giammattei). The Giammattei’s lived in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood (their homes are still standing), only a few blocks from where, a generation later, NTP was raised. In 1928, Valentine Giamatti graduated from New Haven (renamed Hillhouse) High School, then located near Yale University. 

Hillhouse High School
Later in the summer, NTP will visit Cooperstown, The Baseball Hall of Fame.

Commissioner Bart Giamatti


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