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L.A. Theatre Works Tours Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers to China.

2Fall of 2011, L.A. Theatre Works launched its first ever international tour to China, presenting Geoffrey Cowan and Leroy Aarons' riveting historical drama, Top Secret: The Battle for The Pentagon Papers, the gripping story of twelve hours in the life of a great American newspaper as they struggle with a momentous and historic decision: To publish or not to publish a classified, "top-secret" history U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam.

L.A. Theatre Works toured the production for two weeks of performances, November 22 through December 4, playing to sold out houses,at the prestigious Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre as part of their annual International Contemporary Theatre Festival; Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou; and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture's Annual International Theater and Dance Festival.  Travelling with the tour was Top Secret co-author and former Voice of America Director Geoffrey Cowan, who in conjunction with L.A. Theatre Works presented a range of associated public programming from student workshops to pre and post-play panel discussions with Mr. Cowan, the cast and China's leading law and journalism schools.

See below for rave reviews from the press and audience reactions to Top Secret as they met publisher Katherine Graham, editor Ben Bradlee, and a host of others as they risk charges of espionage, treason, or worse, in the name of preserving the American public's right to know.

Top Secret press and audience reaction, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker and Voice of America.

Additional articles:

Shanghai Scrap

Global Times / China Daily

China Radio International

Radio 774


China Tour Produced and Mananged by Alison M. Friedman6

Major Support Provided by:



Annette Blum






Touring 2013-2014:
The Graduate - National Tour
Top Secret - International Tour

Past Tours:
Pride and Prejudice
The Rivalry

Top Secret: NEW YORK

Top Secret: CHINA 2011

U.S. Representation:
Baylin Artist Management
International Representation:
Ping Pong Productions


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