James Files is a convicted criminal who claims he shot JFK. The documentary, “I Killed JFK,” promises to tell his story “for the first time.” In fact, Files’ story has been told many times, most recently on the Chicago stage.
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“I’m an investigative reporter but I’ve always loved plays,” says Hillel Levin. The result is “Assassination Theater,” Levin’s investigative drama about the murder of President John F. Kennedy, now playing at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.
Focusing on Chicago FBI agent Zach Shelton, the four-man drama develops a “Mafia did it” interpretation of JFK’s assassination, along with excursions into the medical evidence and the life of Jack Ruby.
It is unusual territory for a stage drama.