Hauptmann

Show Dates TBD

Hauptmann

a play by John Logan
COVID-19 virus

This production has been postponed due to COVID-19. It will be rescheduled in accordance with reopening and social distancing guidelines, and with the best interests of our actors, production staff, volunteers and patrons in mind. Information will be updated here on this web site as well as on our social media channels.

To kidnap the golden-haired baby of such a great hero? Who could do such a thing? What kind of monster was this?

In this riveting jail cell story of the “Crime of the Century,” Richard Hauptmann, a German-born carpenter is convicted of the abduction and murder of the infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh, but did he do it? In a society desperate for black and white answers, this explosive drama questions the effect of public opinion on the carriage of justice.

Hauptmann was written by John Logan (playwright of the Tony Award winning Red, and screenplay writer of Gladiator, The Aviator, Skyfall, and others), and is a gripping drama about the 1932 kidnapping and death of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. and the man tried, convicted and executed for that crime, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, whose “Trial of the Century,” according to H. L. Mencken, was “the biggest story since the Resurrection.” Hauptmann tells the story from Hauptmann’s own perspective just prior to being sent to his fate in the New Jersey electric chair in 1936.  He enlists the assistance of six guards in recounting his tale who play multiple roles in the process.

Hauptmann will be performed March 20 – April 5, 2020, at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111. Show times are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30p, Sundays at 3:00p

Cast of Characters
Bruno Richard HauptmannGarrett Ard
David Wilentz / othersChristopher Williams
Dr. John Condon / othersLars Timpa
Charles Lindbergh / othersB. Todd Oakley
Anne Lindbergh / othersMorgan Dietkus
Anna Hauptmann / othersAmanda Fisher
Judge Thomas Trenchard / othersVictor Polites
Creative Team
directed byKen Kaden
assistant directorLinda Spadlowski
stage managerBruce Ebner
production managerRandall W. Knott
fight choreographerAndrew Trygstad
dialect coachMackenzie Grattan