From Raleigh News-Observer
Under the Dome:
Published: Nov 08, 2007
Who will play Walter Jones on the stage?
Ryan Teague Beckwith and Rob Christensen, Staff WritersU.S. Rep. Walter Jones is a real character.
The Farmville Republican is one of five major characters in a play about the impeachment of President Bush written by Washington lawyer Bruce Fein and Hollywood screenwriter Richard Lasser.
The two said they met with Jones and Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler in September to talk about what role he might play in an actual impeachment trial. They also wanted to make the play, called "I," as realistic as possible.
"I wanted to get an idea of his cadence," Lasser said. "I wanted to get an idea of his comportment, of his belief system, and what kinds of questions he would pose to witnesses. A lot of the questions that we put in his mouth are ones he said he would like to ask if he had the opportunity."
Jones is listed fifth among the cast of characters in the draft of the play. His character, an assistant prosecutor in the trial, is described as a "softspoken, passive-aggressive Southerner."
In the play, the Jones character questions CIA Director Michael Hayden, former counterterrorist agent Michael Scheuer and former U.S. Justice Department legal counsel John Yoo.
Lasser said he would like to cast Peter Coyote, a character actor best known for his role as the prosecutor in "Jagged Edge" and a scientist in "E.T." But if TV and movie stars aren't available, he'd look for local talent in Washington.
The play is scheduled to premiere at George Washington University in January, shortly after the Congressional recess.