General Seeger

General Seeger $13

Ira Levin

Published by Dramatists Play Service

7 Male 2 Female

"This hot and humid Saturday in July is a great day for General Seeger. A new recreation building on an Army post in a New England State is to be dedicated to the memory of his heroic son

Lieutenant Seeger, who was killed by saving two green recruits from an exploding hand grenade. But just before the ceremonies are to commence, the Lieutenant's widow, Helena, arrives from San Francisco

As tragic as Electra from the Greek tragedy, ominous-sounding, and determined to reveal truth. The truth, as she sees it, is that her husband was no hero, that the ceremony would be a sham and a mockery, and that the lieutenant killed himself to escape the Army

She blames it all on the domineering, selfish father who dictated every step for his son and who is making it a ceremonial for himself rather than one for his allegedly heroic son. Under Helena's remorseless logic and flinty resolve to expose the truth, the General begins to wilt

He, in turn, takes up the investigation, probing the captain who was his son's friend at the Point and the colonel who was an eye witness to the tragedy. Now a new area of conflict opens up

General Seeger, after learning the bitter truth, insists on calling off the dedication. The army brass is just as insistent that the program go through as scheduled." ~ Thomas R. Dash

His ultimate decision, which goes against that of his superiors, means the destruction of a lifetime career but, with it, the triumph of a noble spirit

The compelling story of a U.S. Army General whose life has come to a moment of sudden and unexpected crisis

"Levin has spun his tale expertly and tautly" ~ NY News

" written with suspenseful skill " ~ NY Journal-American

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