Monday, May 9th, 2016

Joseph Vitale’s ‘Murrow’ Accompanied by Discussion with Leading Journalists

Joseph Vitale, executive director of Advancement and Planning and president of the County College of Morris (CCM) Foundation, has seen his latest play take stage off-off Broadway in a production by the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble.

Joseph Vitale

Joseph Vitale

The theatrical production company presentation of “Murrow,” a one-man show written by Vitale about the life of famed broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, opened last Wednesday and will run through Sunday, May 22, at the Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St, New York.

The play traces Murrow’s life from his early days in radio, through his broadcasts from London during the Blitz, to the McCarthy broadcast of March 1954, and ends with his departure from CBS News in the late 1950s. The play stars veteran New York stage actor Joseph Menino and is directed by Jeremy Williams.

“Murrow tells the story of a great American life,” said Vitale, who is a member of the Theater Project’s playwrights’ workshop in Maplewood, as well as the Dramatists Guild of America.“His career spans the history of broadcast journalism in the U.S.

“He was instrumental in the birth of both radio and television news reporting. He warned, early on, about the corrosive influences of both advertising and entertainment on the news. His decision to take on Joe McCarthy at the height of the senator’s powers may well be broadcast journalism’s finest hour. In an age of pseudo-news and info-tainment, Murrow’s life and career – and his warnings – could not be more relevant.”

Vitale has seen a number of his plays produced in New York and New Jersey. In 2011, he was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater/National Playwrights Conference for his drama, “The Fourth State of Matter.”

Tickets for “Murrow” are $25 and can be obtained by calling 212-352- 3101 or visiting www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org