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For immediate release
November 5, 2007

Media contact: Jacquie Lucy


Two Members of the “Catonsville Nine” to speak
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Q Lounge at CCBC Catonsville
in conjunction with CCBC Catonsville Academic Theatre production of
'The Trial of the Catonsville Nine' Nov. 14-18 in the Q Theatre

Who:      George Mische and Tom Melville of the “Catonsville Nine”
Dave Eberhardt of the “Baltimore Four”
What: Anti-war activists will discuss the protests surrounding the Vietnam War including the incident in Catonsville in 1968. This program will be held for the actors and the public in conjunction with CCBC Catonsville Academic Theatre production of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Nov. 14-18, 2007 in the Q Theatre.
When: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Q Lounge
CCBC Catonsville
800 South Rolling Road
How: Free and open to the public
Contact: CCBC Box Office at 443-840-1369

Theatre at CCBC Catonsville will present The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, written by Father Daniel Berrigan and directed by CCBC Associate Professor Carl Freundel, about nine Catholics who burned draft records to protest the Vietnam War. Performances will be held:

•  8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17
•  2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15
•  10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16
•  3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18

All performances will be in the Q Building Theatre at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. Tickets are $7 general admission; $ 5 for senior adults and $2 for students, CCBC faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available through the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-1369 and 2 hours prior to each performance at the Q Theatre Box Office (subject to availability).

According to Wikipedia, “On May 17, 1968, the Catonsville Nine went to the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, took 378 draft files, brought them to the parking lot in wire baskets, dumped them out, poured homemade napalm over them, and set them on fire. They were: Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest; his brother Rev. Philip Berrigan, a Josephite priest; Bro. David Darst; John Hogan; Tom Lewis, an artist; Marjorie Bradford Melville; her husband, Thomas Melville, a former Maryknoll priest; George Mische; and Mary Moylan, a former nun.

Fr. Philip Berrigan and Tom Lewis had previously poured blood on draft records as part of the "Baltimore Four," and were out on bail when they burned the records at Catonsville. Dave Eberhardt was one of the Baltimore Four.

The Catonsville Nine were tried in federal court Oct. 5-9, 1968. The lead defense attorney was William Kunstler.

They were found guilty of destruction of U.S. property, destruction of Selective Service files, and interference with the Selective Service Act of 1967.”

Dave Eberhardt will be attending both the Saturday, Nov. 17 and the Sunday, Nov. 18 performances of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine and will take questions about the peace movement during the Vietnam era.

For in-depth information about the “Catonsville Nine,” contact Dave Eberhardt by phone at 443-668-6203 or by e-mail at

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