An article about Jason Ketner

Jason Ketner

Jason is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be working with iTheatre Collaborative in the production of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. His passion for the people in this story led him to come out of semi-retirement. He last appeared in the film series as production assistant and background feature in #yallany, Supporting Cast in theatre productions on the east end of Long Island, NY including 9 to 5, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grease, and Don’t Drink the Water. While completing his Bachelors degree at SUNY Stony Brook he enjoyed working for Staller Center for the Arts at SBU and doing voice work in commercial radio spots for station WBLI. When he is not working in the theatre, he is working as a Director in a Pharmacy Benefit Management company from home in Gilbert and traveling the country for business and visiting his children in Long Island. He wishes to thank Charles and Chris for seeing his passion in this project and guiding him along the path to their vision. He would also like to thank our heroic veterans, Julia, Abby, Christian, Dad, Jordan, Jenn, Joe, God, and all the friends and family who have given their love and support in his journey. Lastly to Ginger, without you there is no drive to be everything in your eyes.



The Trial of the Catonsville Nine

Fifty years ago nine people, including two Catholic priests, entered the Selective Service office in Catonsville, MD and removed 378 draft cards and burned them in the parking lot with homemade napalm to protest the war in Vietnam. Based on the trial transcripts, the play delves into the moral and religious motives of the nine, and why "the burning of paper not children."

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