A hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Terry Jastrow’s critically acclaimed play The Trial of Jane Fonda receives its London premiere in a brand-new production led by Hollywood star Anne Archer and running for a strictly limited season at the Park Theatre this summer.
1972. North Vietnam: Driven to halt the slaughter of young lives, iconic movie star Jane Fonda travels to Vietnam where she is photographed laughing and clapping, astride an anti-aircraft gun, designed to shoot down American planes. Overnight the soldiers’ sexy pin-up becomes ‘Hanoi Jane’; traitor to her country and betrayer of those very young men.
1988. Waterbury, Connecticut: Bitter demonstrations by veterans halt filming on a movie co-starring Fonda and Robert De Niro. Determined to stop her past dictating her future, Jane requests a meeting and enters a room full of angry men for whom the war still rages.
The content of the meeting is never divulged.
Having retraced Fonda’s steps, interviewed her guides, dozens of veterans and Fonda herself, Terry Jastrow’s powerful drama conjectures the battles which were fought in that encounter; battles which are as much to do with the ability of recorded images to dictate our memories as they are to do with truth.
The cast includes Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner, Anne Archer (Fatal Attraction; Patriot Games; Clear and Present Danger) as Jane Fonda, as well as Christien Anholt, Martin Fisher, Alex Gaumond, Paul Herzberg, Ako Mitchell and Mark Rose. Joe Harmston directs.
For the Q&A, we’ll talk to director Joe Harmston, star Anne Archer and other members of the cast about not just the trial but the legacy of Jane Fonda: why is Fonda still hated by many for her actions during the Vietnam War? What modern parallels might there be?