A comic and touching portrait of generational reconciliation
Trying is a two-character play based on the author’s experience during 1967-1968 when she worked for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, D.C. Judge Biddle had been Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt. After the war, President Truman named him Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The play is about a young Canadian girl and an old, Philadelphia aristocrat “trying” to understand each other in what Biddle knows is the final year of his life.
Judge Francis Biddle
From the Gallery
James Whitmore as Judge Travis Biddle in “Trying” at Ford’s Theatre. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Jeff Bauer’s Scenic Design for the 2006 Ford’s Theatre production of “Trying,” directed by Gus Kaikkonen. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
James Whitmore as Judge Travis Biddle and Karron Graves as Sarah in the 2006 Ford’s Theatre production of “Trying”. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Trying, by Joanna McLelland Glass, directed by Gus Kaikkonen at Ford’s Theatre, 1/19/06.
A 25-year-old woman wearing a blue woolen winter coat sits near a large open book with an 81-year-old man in a three-piece woolen gray suit and winter scarf.
81-year-old man in a red cardigan sweater stands and speaks with a 25-year-old woman in a tailored black-and-blue tartan-patterned dress.