The Party Line: A Play in Two Acts

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THE PARTY LINE is a historical drama. Using real and fictional characters, it intermingles the story of Walter Duranty – the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Moscow correspondent in the 1930s – with the more contemporary story of Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn who was assassinated in 2002, on the eve of becoming prime minister. Sheryl Longin and Roger L. Simon have accomplished a breathtaking feat in their imaginative and topical play, The Party Line. The title, as students of Communism know, refers to one’s adherence to the current position on an issue as outlined by the Communist Party in its heyday. . . .

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The Longin-Simon play is set in both the Moscow of the early 1930s and present-day Europe and the United States. It centers on the antics, life, and career of the noted New York Times correspondent in Moscow, Walter Duranty. . . .
                Duranty is most well-known for his reportage of the Ukrainian famine created by Joseph Stalin in the early 1930s, where he covered up the deaths of hundreds of thousands peasants as a fantasy and then perversely ran false reports written from Moscow about the success of Soviet agricultural policy. . . .
                In both time periods, the authors present compromised journalists [including] Harold Denny, a journalist groomed by Duranty to follow in his footsteps, misreporting the truth about the Soviet revolution to gullible American readers. He is contrasted with Denny’s opposite, a man named Sid Brody, whose commitment to the truth leads him to eventually break ranks, thereby ending his standing on Soviet Press Commissar Konstantin Ouman-sky’s list of approved journalists. In doing so, he also gives up any chance of achieving the high regard held for Duranty by the American establishment, who prefers the lies. . .
                                                                                   – from Ronald Radosh’s Introduction

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Roger L. Simon is the author of eleven books, among them the award-winning Moses Wine detective series and a memoir, Turning Right at Hollywood & Vine. He is also the screenwriter of seven feature films, including Enemies, A Love Story and A Better Life, both Academy Award nominated. He is currently CEO of PJ Media.
Sheryl Longin is a screenwriter and author. Among her credits are the films, Dick and Prague Duet, and a novel, Dorian Greyhound: A Dog’s Tale. The Party Line is her first play.

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