by Charles A. Duncombe of Santa Monica, California
About the Play:
"Patriot Act" is a creative
application of the old addage 'be careful what you wish for' that takes
on Orwellian proportions when Homeland Security gets added into the mix.
"It was written to question to what extent the
American people are willing to exchange civil liberties for promises of
security," the playwright explains, "and to explore
what the possible consequences might be of such an exchange."
The author goes on to say, "The man in
the play, without doubt, is a good, patriotic American. His failing, perhaps,
is that he has been too willing to simply accept what he has been told."
the Play's Production History:
"Patriot Act: A Reality Show" was written in was written in 2003 and was first
produced at City Garage in Los Angeles in July of 2004, directed by Frederique
Michel. It won the Fratti/Newman Anti-Corruption
Playwriting Award in 2005, and will receive its first international production
in January 2006 at the Globi Distratti Theater in Rome.
Charles Duncombe is a writer, director and
designer. He is the Managing Director and Resident Dramatist at City Garage in
Santa Monica, California, which he formed with Artistic Director Frederique
Michel in 1994. He is the winner of two Dramalogue awards for production
design and in 1999 won the L.A. Weekly Theater Award for Best Lighting Design
for George Sand: An Erotic Odyssey in Seven Tableaux (1998). He was
nominated for two L.A. Weekly awards for
MedeaText: Los Angeles/Despoiled Shore (2000): Best Adaptation,
and Best Set. He was nominated for three other L.A. Weekly awards for Frederick
of Prussia/GeorgeW’s Dream of Sleep (2001): Best Adaptation, and
Production Design, as well as for Production design of The Empire Builders
by Boris Vian.
The fourth performance in our ongoing
nightly showcase "sUBVERsIVE sHORTs," "Patriot Act" features
the following cast and crew:
Kurt Schneiderman* . . . . . . . . . . Director
Peter Jaskowiak* . . . . . . . . . . . . "a Man"
Diane M. Cammarata . . . "Interviewer #1"
Joy Scime . understudy for "Interviewer #1"
Joe Weins . . . . . . . . . . . . "Interviewer #2"
Theresa Baker* . . . . . . . . "Interviewer #3"
* = indicates members of the Subversive Theatre Collective
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