Dallas, Texas. 12.30pm. Friday, 22 November 1963. President John F. Kennedy is assassinated. Approximately 70 minutes later, assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. 48 hours later, Lee Harvey Oswald himself was murdered. Told through the eyes of Oswald's wife and mother, coupled with extracts from the Warren Commission's report, we follow the unsettled drifting life of Lee Harvey Oswald - his loveless marriage to his Russian wife, his challenging relationship with his mother and his pathological hatred of Kennedy's life and achievements. Oswald had the means, motive and opportunity, but did he even do it? Could a man who never did anything on his own murder a President? Based on Oswald's own diary notes and interviews (the subtitle comes from Oswald's diary in his own spelling), Lee Harvey Oswald has been performed from Tokyo to Mexico City to Prague, but never in the United States.
Originally commissioned and performed at Hampstead Theatre in 1966 as The Silence of Lee Harvey Oswald as part of their 'Living Theatre' series of documentary drama, this rediscovery is the first London production in over 40 years - and the first UK production since its original premiere, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Playwright Michael Hastings (1938 - 2011) was the winner of two Emmy Awards, two BAFTAs, the Somerset Maugham Award and nominated for an Oscar. His first play - Don't Destroy Me - was produced when he was just 18 years old at the New Lindsey Theatre Club, Notting Hill, and he went on to become part of the first wave of new playwrights at George Devine's Royal Court Theatre. He won the Evening Standard Award in 1979 for Gloo Joo, but remains best known for Tom and Viv, his 1984 play about the poet T.S. Eliot and his wife Vivienne Haigh-Wood, first seen at the Royal Court Theatre, adapted into a film in 1994, and recently revived at the Almeida Theatre. He also wrote extensively for television and film including The American, starring Diana Rigg, and The Nightcomers, starring Marlon Brando. He also wrote novels, biographies, and collaborated with the composer Michael Nyman on the libretti for the operas Man and Boy and Love Counts.