|by Hugh Whitemore|
Directed by Mark Kimsey
May 12, 13 & 14, 2005
[ Photographs ]
In 1961, Peter and Helen Kroger, two Americans living in a London suburb, were convicted of
spying for the Russians and sentenced to twenty years' imprisonment.
From these true facts Hugh Whitemore has written a powerfully moving fictional account of the events
leading up to their arrest with the action centered on the totally unsuspecting Jackson household
- Bob, Barbara and their daughter Julie.
The Jacksons live oppposite the Krogers, believing them to be a convivial Canadian couple
and their closest friends.
Then a mysterious stranger arrives, announces he is from M.I.5 and quietly coerces the Jacksons
into allowing their house to be used as a surveillance post.
In the nightmare months that follow, the Jacksons' decent, happy life is shattered as the truth
about their much-loved friends is gradually revealed to them and, helpless in an alien, sordid world
of deception and treachery, Barbara reaches breaking point with the agonizing realization that the
Krogers have betrayed her and she, in turn, has betrayed the Krogers.
Location: A suburb of London.
Time: The autumn/winter of 1960-61.
The main events of the story are true.