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Pound is a one-man show starring AEA member Jeff Berg as the controversial poet Ezra Pound who, in 1945, was accused of treason against the American government during World War II. Unable to try him on that charge due to a legal technicality, he was instead declared mentally unfit for trial and kept in a Washington, D.C. mental hospital for 12 years. Continued pressure on the U.S. government by various literary figures, many of whom owed Pound their careers, eventually resulted in his release. Angered that he never got a chance to defend himself in court, the now-deceased Pound has requested a trial with the audience each night acting as the jury. Berg performs numerous roles in the play, including Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Allan Ginsberg, an official at the Italian Ministry of Propaganda and the head of the U.S. Department of Justice. The play lets the audience judge the evidence, including Pound's frequent anti-Semitic remarks, and asks if one possibly misguided action is enough to condemn a man without looking at his entire life as a whole.

Show Details

  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:WorkShop Theater Company - Jewel Box Theater, Off-Off-Broadway