November 15, 2015
Some twenty-five of us were treated to this entertaining and informative Play. A playwright and actor, Mr. Hauck made Darrow (who hated being called “Clarence”) virtually come alive before our eyes.
But why does Darrow matter in this day and age? In response to that question Mr. Hauck pointed out that almost no one under the age of forty now knows about this brilliant litigator and the effect he had on the practice of law in America. So this work is valuable and as such needs to be done.
Thank you, Paul Hauck, for doing Darrow so well. We all loved it.
Report prepared by Roger Zabkie
The Trials of Clarence Darrow: A One Man Play was first presented in Sacramento in January, 2004 by the T Street Players, Jim Hinrichsen, Director, with playwright Paul Hauck in the role of Clarence Darrow.
Paul Hauck, actor and playwright, has performed at Sacramento's Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre in Camping with Henry and Tom as 'Henry Ford' and as 'Zack' in Thomas M. Kelly's The Timekeeper. He has appeared in several local theatres, his favorite roles being 'Mr. Green' in Visiting Mr. Green, 'Von Helsing' in Dracula, 'Inspector Ruffing' in Ravenscroft, 'Elwood P. Dowd' in Harvey, and 'Ebenezer Scrooge' in A Christmas Carol.
In this play, Paul portrays Darrow at various stages of his career. He begins the play addressing the audience as an older man reflecting back on his life. Where indicated in the play, he takes on a younger demeanor as if returning to an earlier point in his career. At times, he takes on other characters but this is effected entirely through voice and accent without any change in costume. In the final scene he returns to the gait and posture of the aging Darrow seen at the opening.
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