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Shadows of Men

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

By Colin Speer Crowley

Presented by Altered Shakespeare

Featuring: Eduardo Vildasol, Shawn Gann, David Ware, Araceli Radillo, Danny Lovelle, Jalitza Delgado, and Alex Moffitt

Shadows of Men is a two-hour historical drama about the search by novelist John Dos Passos for his dear friend, Jose Robles, who mysteriously disappeared during the struggles and turmoil of the Spanish Civil War. The obsessive searching by Dos Passos grates on the nerves of his literary colleagues, especially the acerbic Ernest Hemingway, who finds Dos Passos's focus on friendship rather pedestrian when democracy itself is at stake. Dos Passos, however, remains single-minded in pursuit of his friend, despite the all-encompassing, ever-maddening clarion call of ideology, but the end of his journey may take him to a destination he never wanted to visit.

Author Bio

Colin Speer Crowley is a playwright-lyricist who has written a variety of dramatic works, including four musicals, twelve straight plays, a rock opera, and a few screenplays. His work has been performed throughout the United States, including California, Washington, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Louisiana; Colorado, Kentucky, Texas, and New Jersey. Plays and screenplays by Crowley have been recognized in over 50 national and international contests since 2010 and songs to which he's written the lyrics have been performed in musical revues in London. Additionally, Crowley has had the pleasure of seeing his work performed in theatrical capitals on both sides of the Atlantic including New York City and London's Covent Garden. Crowley is a member of the Dramatists Guild, The Lambs of New York, the Playwright's Center, the New Play Exchange, and Phi Beta Kappa and also served as founder and president of the theatrical group Speerhead Theatricals.

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