Crippled Inside by Lawrence Hennessey
Produced by Weekend Writers Productions.
In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signed into law "The Immigration Reform Act". The signing took place in front of a number of political dignitaries at the Statue of Liberty, and literally changed the face of America. Lawrence Hennessy's play, Crippled Inside, takes a look at the author of this landmark piece of legislation, not so much through the lens of American history as through the lens of an intimate and personal portrait of one example of a typically nameless and faceless population; government bureaucrats.
Crippled Inside takes place between the years 1967 to 1973, and traces the relationship between father and son trying each in their own way, to navigate the turbulent waters of that era as they both cope with the issues of drugs, Vietnam, social change and mental illness.
The narrator of Crippled Inside is James Matherson, a relatively minor if not insignificant historian, who's landed a little bit out of his element as the moderator of a PBS style documentary entitled Unknown Heroes. When things start to break down not only in the production but in James' life as well it brings him back to other more painful times in his life when he was also not so quite graceful under pressure.
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