New Play, “Cassandra Speaks” about Journalist Dorothy Thompson Opens Shakespeare & Company 2012 Season [Berkshire on Stage]
It’s a tell-all play about one famous woman, a journalist, who really pissed off Adolph Hitler when she was in Germany, She told it like it is, and not liking the truth to get around, he expelled her, the first American correspondent he personally ordered out. That’s how she earned the title of the “First Lady of American Journalism.” Time magazine named her the most influential woman in the country, second only to Eleanor Roosevelt, and she was Michael Kanin’s inspiration for the 1942 comedy Woman of the Year.
That Thompson was her own person, a journalistic icon, and a complex person with both courage and brilliance is only part of it. She was a groundbreaking pioneer of her day, and a timeless role model for the ages.