For thirteen tense and frightening days in October, 1962, the world stood on the brink of nuclear war while President John F. Kennedy and U.S.S.R. Premier Nikita Khrushchev employed threats, secret communications, public posturing,
deception, and back-room maneuvers to avoid mutual destruction while pursuing national interests.
How the nightmare scenario developed, and the little-known facts of how Armageddon was finally averted, is the riveting story told by The Titans, a play commissioned by the Kennedy Center in the 1990s but only now receiving a full
production as part of The American Century Theater's "Reflections" series. The series features productions of new plays about significant 20th Century figures and events.