Prophecy and Honor
The Sensational Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
by Joe Moore
This performance of PROPHECY AND HONOR, presented by the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, was recorded live at Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu on August 19, 2007 in celebration of the 6e Birthday of the U.S. Air Force.
The stage play, written by Joe Moore tells the story of General Billy Mitchell's crusade for air power, focusing on his 1925 court-martial for insubordination, following Mitchell's public statement, which criticized senior commanders in the Army and Navy of mismanaging their fledgling air units and unnecessarily jeopardizing the safety of their pilots.
In his script, Moore uses historically accurate dialogue from the actual 3,781 page court-martial transcript, and transcripts of several Congressional hearings where Mitchell testified. Other source material included five Mitchell biographies, and hundreds of newspaper and magazine accounts of incidents during and leading up to the trial.
This play, with full period costumes, lighting, props and dramatic staging is performed in an enhanced "reader's theatre" format in some scenes, in order to utilize outstanding talent who would not otherwise have been available. It allows actors with copious amounts of dialogue to work from pages of the script at
their discretion, rather than commit all dialogue to full memorization.
The Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor was proud to collaborate with Joe Moore on this wonderful production, and thanks him for his contributions to the museum and our community.
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