Recent Performance of Murrow Now on YouTube – Posted 5/13/14
Joseph Vitale, executive director of Advancement and Planning and president of the Foundation at County College of Morris (CCM), recently had his playÂ MurrowÂ performed at the college, offering students, faculty and staff an insightful and historical perspective on one of journalismâ€™s leading broadcasters.
The performance ofÂ MurrowÂ was videotaped by the CCM Media Center and is now available on the collegeâ€™s YouTube channel atÂ http://youtu.be/o5rcerwphvs.
Playing the role of Murrow was Joseph J. Menino, whose credits includeÂ Daylight PrecisionÂ (Theater for the New City);Â Don Juan in Hell,Â Electra,Â Agamemnon Home,Â Art,Â Iphigenia at aulis,Â Hapgood,Â No Exit,Â An Enemy of the People,Â Anouilhâ€™s Antigone,Â WolfpitÂ (Phoenix Theater Ensemble);Â Comedy of ErrorsÂ (NY Classical Theater);Â Bruno Hauptmann Kissed My ForeheadÂ (Abingdon Theater);Â WoyzeckÂ (Axis Theater);Â Three SistersÂ (Boomerang Theater Company);Â The Odd Couple(Gallery Players); andÂ Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de LuneÂ (Case-Goodmen Productions).
The play was directed by Bob Angelini, who has worked in theater, both as an actor and director, for more than 30 years. His New York acting credits includeÂ The Bones VentureÂ (Man in Wheelchair), T-Tyme Productions;Â Bellaâ€™s DreamÂ (Ronny), Going-To-Tahiti Productions; andÂ The Fourth State of MatterÂ (Detective), Theater for the New City. His awards for directing include Best Director/Drama forÂ The Laramie ProjectÂ (Count Basie Award, NJ) and Best Director/Musical forÂ CatsÂ (Count Basie Award, NJ).
â€śIâ€™ve always been fascinated by the life and career of Murrow,â€ť said Vitale. â€śHe was present at the birth of radio and then television news broadcasting and set the standard for honesty and integrity in reporting.â€ť
In writing the play, Vitale conducted extensive research into the life of Murrow including interviews with Murrowâ€™s wife, Janet Murrow, and Fred Friendly and David Schoenbrun.
Murrowâ€™s broadcasting career started with a series of radio broadcasts during World War II, including his first live on-the-scene news report from Vienna before the arrival of Hitler. His other significant broadcasts included a special televised report on Senator Joseph McCarthy and the senatorâ€™s accusations of disloyalty and treason that were made without proper regard for evidence. That broadcast, which used excerpts from McCarthyâ€™s own speeches, ended up contributing to the senatorâ€™s political downfall.
Along with his responsibilities at CCM, Vitale also is a noted playwright. He was a semi-finalist for the 2012 Eugene Oâ€™Neill Theater/National Playwrights Conference. Included among the plays he has written areÂ The Fourth State of Matter, which was performed at the Theater for the New City in New York;Â Feet FirstÂ andÂ Clear Air Turbulence, which were semi-finalists for best play at one-act festivals at the Hudson Guild and Barrow Group theaters in New York; andÂ Executive Washroom, a finalist for best play at the 2012 one-act festival at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. His plays have also been produced by The Theater Project in Maplewood, NJ. He is a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia universities and studied at the HB Studio in New York. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Theater Project Playwrights Workshop.
Photo: Joseph Vitale, executive director of Advancement and Planning and president of the Foundation at County College of Morris, recently had his play Murrow performed at the college, offering students, faculty and staff an insightful and historical perspective on one of journalismâ€™s leading broadcasters.