On February 2, 2012, the USC US-China Institute and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy co-sponsored an event at USC called Talking with Chinese about Press Freedom: The Play ‘Top Secret’ in China. The panel, moderated by US-China Institute Executive Director Clayton Dube, included playwright Geoffrey Cowan, producing director Susan Loewenberg, and actor Joshua Stamberg, who played Ben Bradlee in the tour of TOP SECRET in China. The event also included a special presentation by Jason Xia, a masters student at USC who coordinated a social media campaign to promote the play’s tour in China on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. Continue reading
This short documentary on the tour of TOP SECRET in China gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to take this play, with its themes of freedom of the press, to three cities in China – and at the reaction of the audience and the Chinese government.
In an essay contest in China, more than 30 people wrote about their reactions to seeing the play Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers on its tour through China. Read highlights from the essays below:
Download the script of TOP SECRET from the China tour in English.
Download the script of TOP SECRET from the China tour in Chinese.