Friday, June 27, 2008

New play goes to New York



presents the New York Premiere of 2008 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize WINNER

PALACE OF THE END by Judith Thompson
Directed by Daniella Topol

"A major work. Don't miss." - The Toronto Star

"a richly textured portrait that surveys the guts and bile of human oppression and contains a rare, eerie beauty." - L.A. Weekly

The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre @ Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street

Wednesday, June 25, 7pm

Featuring an AWARD-WINNING CAST including TERI LAMM (Habitat), HEATHER RAFFO (Author/Performer of Nine Parts of Desire), and ROCCO SISTO (Quills)

INCENDIARY, OUTRAGEOUS, and HAUNTING, Palace of the End is a triptych of monologues that tell the stories of three people forever impacted by the wars in Iraq: "PVT. LYNNDIE", a U.S. soldier convicted of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison; DR. DAVID KELLY, the British weapons inspector who allegedly committed suicide after being involved in a government scandal, and NEHRJAS AL SAFFARH, a leading member of the Communist Party of Iraq who suffered the greatest of losses during the Baathist coup that led to Saddam Hussein's rise to power.

EPIC THEATRE ENSEMBLE commissioned and developed Palace of the End, which is based on the monologue play, My Pyramids by Judith Thompson, first read at the Toronto political cabaret, The Wrecking Ball. The premiere production of My Pyramids was subsequently produced by Volcano at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in August, 2005. In addition to Epic, Palace of the End was developed with the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto where it received its Canadian Premiere in February, 2008.


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