A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Michael Michetti
Bo Foxworth, Victoria Platt
Scenic Design: Se Hyun Oh
Costume Design: Naila Aladdin Sanders
Lighting Design: Elizabeth Harper
Sound Design: John Nobori
Stage Manager: Miranda Stewart
First Performance March 15, 2017
Opening March 18, 2017
Final Performance May 21, extended through August 27, 2017
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The Fountain Theatre premieres the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), the first in a series of productions set to take place at theaters across the U.S. as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.
In the very near future, the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a writer interviews the former supervisor of a private prison, it becomes clear how federal policy has escalated to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.
“This is an urgent cry of warning from a leading voice in the American theater,” says Fountain co-artistic director Stephen Sachs. “It’s an opportunity for the Fountain to make its voice heard through our art. This project is more than a play. It’s already ignited a national firestorm with theaters across the country signing up to produce it.”
In an interview with BBC Newshour, Schenkkan noted that “Donald Trump is not unusual or extraordinary… this is the playbook of authoritarianism. The question, of course, is not what Donald Trump will do. It’s what we, as citizens, will do to respond.”
“Audiences can expect to be very rattled by this play,” notes Michetti. “Robert lays out a clear path of where we could all too easily end up if we don’t change course. But the idea is not for people to go home depressed. It’s a call to action. We’ve got to stop this from happening. We need to step up and exercise our rights as citizens to create positive change.”
To that end, the Fountain will host post-performance discussions throughout the run, and additional ancillary events are currently in the planning stages.