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   "I would like my plays to be of use to progressive people. I think preaching to the converted is exactly what art ought to do." 

-Tony Kushner

"Patriot Act"
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."

About 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.

About the Playwright:
     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.

About our Rendition:
     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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