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Eerie parallels to today's workplace pressures, moral choices in '50s Serling work

Eerie parallels to today's workplace pressures, moral choices in '50s Serling work

Submitted for your approval: Mr. Fred Staples, early 30s, a rising executive whose vaulting ambition o’erleaps itself in a cautionary tale of corporate ladders and moral compromise that will prove eerily prescient 60 years later. That tale is “Patterns,” which began as the 1955 teleplay that launched the television career of one Rod Serling and still resonates in a handsome stage adaptation from Beverly Hills-based Theatre 40. SIGN UP for the free Essential Arts & Culture newsletter >> The play, adapted by James Reach in 1959, preserves Serling’s vividly sketched characters, efficient plotline, and probing ethical quandaries. Wrestling with those...

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