By Joanna McClelland Glass

Directed by David Ellenstein
Featuring Emily Goss and James Sutorius

Now Closed

Based on the playwright’s experience as an assistant to famed Attorney General and Chief Judge at Nuremberg, Francis Biddle, during the final year of his life. The play is a riveting portrayal of two wildly different personalities struggling to understand each other. TRYING presents a respectful snapshot of American history. Told with great humor, compassion, and insight, this is powerful, compelling theatre.





  • Another extremely watchable two-hander. I was much taken with North Coast Rep’s webcast version of “Trying.” It’s definitely worth your time.

    - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

  • North Coast Rep streamer ‘Trying’ a well-acted gem that almost feels live.

    – Pam Kragen, The San Diego Union~Tribune

  • North Coast Repertory Theatre shines with a character-driven Masterpiece. Another sure-fire hit.

    – Kathy Carpenter, Splash Magazine

  • A smashing filmed production, highlighted by two brilliant performances by James Sutorius and Emily Goss as the principals.

    Jean Lowerison, San Diego Stage & Screen

  • ’Trying’ will be remembered as a history lesson for the times and beyond. Two Thumbs UP!

    – Carol Davis, Theatre Critic

  • The actors chemistry was amazing. David Ellenstein and his theatrical team delivered an amazing and entertaining performance.

    – Tom Robertson, The Vista Press

  • Exquisitely literate, moving and compelling.


All photos courtesy of Aaron Rumley



“Trying” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.