The Trial of the Catonsville Nine is based on the court transcripts of the trial of nine peace activists who broke into a drafting office in Catonsville, Maryland, on May 17, 1968, and burned 378 draft cards with homemade napalm. Father Phil Berrigan and his brother, Father Daniel Berrigan, led the movement, joined by seven additional parishioners in their protest for peace. In sharp contrast to the wave of young, liberal extremists at the forefront of the resistance headlines, the Nine gave a new face to activism and inspired hundreds of anti-war demonstrations.
Transport Group draws audiences into the world of these courageous demonstrators with a reimagined retelling of this landmark struggle of culture versus conscience. The Trial of the Catonsville Nine was produced on Broadway in 1971 and received numerous award nominations, including a Tony Award nomination for Best American Play.