Travels With a Masked Man by John Hadden


Travels with a Masked Man, by John Hadden, is a play about deception, “the game” (espionage) and rough filial love. It is an hour-long solo performance based on his book, Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me .

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying and hilarious, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films, with a steady undercurrent of family politics.

John Hadden (senior) was an early member of CIA in Berlin, Hamburg and Salzburg, he was the station chief in Israel during the 60’s, through the Six-Day War, and he ran the “Middle East Desk” in Washington, DC until his quasi-retirement in the early 70s.

A conversation with the audience follows the play, mediated by someone who works in a relevant field.

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