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"Panic" A Play in Verse by Archibald MacLeish

Presented by Tampa Repertory Theatre

Join The Studio@620 for this one night event! Tampa Repertory Theatre will present a staged reading of "Panic", a play in verse, by Archibald MacLeish on Tuesday August 21st at 7:00 PM. Admission $5 payable at the door. Limited Red Member Tickets accepted, RSVP in advance to The Studio@620 727-895-6620

NEW YORK, 1933: After the terrifying stock market crash of 1929, the brutal effects of the Depression have wreaked havoc upon the lives of ordinary Americans. The banks, once the stronghold of economic security, are failing. Fear spreads amongst the populace. Amidst the burgeoning panic, the citizens of America look to one man to help them out of the crisis: banking magnate Mr. McGafferty. As more businesses close their doors, the frightened crowd turn to McGafferty to help them stay afloat.

In Panic, poet-playwright MacLeish explores the sense of profound insecurity, the feeling of “being the play-things of some higher and possibly malignant power”, that shattered the foundations of American society during the years of the Great Depression.

This groundbreaking verse drama originally starred Orson Welles in the role of McGafferty, but its themes and concerns resonate clearly with the modern world. In verse of profound and unsettling power, Panic asks the difficult question: can one man withstand a tide of fear that threatens to wash away the very ground upon which he stands? How can we overcome despair, anguish, and hopelessness, when our world suddenly and irrevocably falls apart?








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