Berkeley, 1964: Cal students demand the right to free political speech on campus… and ignite a worldwide youth rebellion.
FSM explores the 1964 Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley as lived then and seen now by participants on all sides, just in time for its 50th anniversary.
Call it the anti-HAIR and the anti-BIG CHILL: these kids have haircuts and their later selves are not chilled – just older, maybe wiser or maybe a little world-weary. FSM takes 60’s politics seriously. It celebrates the joy, moral purpose, newborn freedom and occasional absurdity of being young, part of a movement and passionately political, from a distance that takes account of the consequences.
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Joan Holden, Playwright
Bruce Barthol & Daniel Savio, Composers/Lyricists
Erin Merritt, Director
Scrumbly Koldewyn, Musical Director
Lynne Hollander, Associate Producer
Additional support graciously provided by National Endowment for the Arts, Rex Foundation, East Bay Fund for Artists, Fleishhacker Foundation, Mario Savio Memorial Lecture Fund of Tides Foundation, and Stephen M. Silberstein.
Developed with support from The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and from the Bay Area Playwrights Foundation.
Special Thanks: Bob Kane, Marilyn Leavitt, Elsa Johnson, Samudra Randazzo, Amy Gorman, Emily Stoper, Michael Stephens, Lorraine Midanik, Thomas Betley, Ryan Schwab, Jeanne Pimentel, Barbara Selfridge, Mike Miller, Buzz Halsing, Nadav Savio, E. Kay Trimberger, Carla Crane, Terry Englehart, Tiffany Shlain, R. Hofmann, F. Gertler, J. Grether, Anita Goldstein, Gary Green, Nick Carlin, Sue Londerville, Henry Putsch, Sara Hancock, Tom & Yvonne Savio, Merle Nadlin,