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Murderous Angels


  • Playwright

    Conor Cruise O'Brien 

  • Synopsis

    Based on the author's experiences with the United Nations force in Katanga, the play depicts political events in Congo involving Dag Hammarskjoeld, Secretary General of the UN, who, it is alleged, connived in the murder of Congolese premiere Patrice Lumumba.

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  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling occurs.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production


  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Mark Taper Forum

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    First performed in Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, 1971. Directed by Laurence Bourne.

Original Cast  
Mr. Calvin Gilbert Green
Patrice Lumumba Lou Gossett
Rose Rose Barbara Colby
Soviet Ambassador Ben Hammer
U.S. Ambassador Paul Ballantyne
British Consul Paul Ballantyne
Embassy Secretary David Dukes
Mr. Ainsworth Joseph Ruskin
Pauline Lumumba Ula Walker
Col. Alcibiade Zbyre Bruce Gordon
Diallo Diop George Stanford Brown
Dag Hammarskjold George Voscovec
Godefroid Munongo Sam Laws
Rajat Asdal Gilbert Green
James Bonham Richard Easton
Baron D'Auge Robert Pastene
Mrs. Agnes Sprule Gwen Arner
Viscount Tamworth Ian Wolfe
Sir Henry Large-White Byron Webster
Monsignor Polycarpe Tom Toner
Father Boniface Herbert Jefferson Jr.
Moise Tshombe Robert DoQui
Roger Gheyssels William Lucking
Production Team  
Director Gordon Davidson
Film by Sterling Johnson
Settings by Peter Wexler
Lighting Gilbert V. Hemsley Jr.
Costumes Lewis Brown
Sound Pia Gilbert

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