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Douglas Scott was born in Texas, the son of an oil well driller and a teacher, and the grandson of a Baptist minister. Raised in California, he worked in his youth as a bit player and extra in more than thirty films. After three years in the army in Europe, he returned to work on his doctorate at the University of California, where he taught for several years, then joined the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, Vietnam, and New York City. He has written for PBS, CBS, HBO, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Mr. Scott is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is past president of the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport. He lives in Connecticut with his artist-wife, Sue Conn, and their dog and two cats.
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Mountain - The Journey Of Justice Douglas
The action of the play occurs within the mind of a dying man. Playing against the other two actors, who enact a multitude of memories (e.g., FDR, Nixon, Brandeis, his own parents, wives and children), Douglas struggles to find the meaning of his life. With the nation now moving in a direction antithetical to his own liberal passions, was his life meaningless? Were the sacrifices-his fight against poverty and sickness as a youth, his failures as husband and father-worth making? How does one's public life balance against the private one? The play ends with a passionate reaffirmation of the power of courage over fear, of the individual over the technological State.
An exploration And celebration of the life of William O. Douglas (1898-1980). Beginning And ending on the last day of his life, the play spans his eighty-one years: As Justice on the Supreme Court where he was defender of civil liberties, personal privacy And the wilderness, As chairman of the SEC fighting A corrupt Wall Street, professor At Yale, his four marriages, his mountain climbing And globetrotting through such lands As Iran And the Himalayas, And his childhood in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The issues Are As timely As this morning's headlines
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