Durham, NC-based Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern will present the world premiere of Donald, adapted and directed by Durham dramatist and teacher Tony Perucci from Eric Martin and Stephen Elliott’s provocative 2011 political thriller about controversial U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, on Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 2-4 and 9-11 at Manbites Dog Theater in downtown Durham.
The adapter and director of Double Indemnity: A Poem of Tabloid Murder (2008), The Activist (2010), and Eating Animals (2011) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Perucci is an assistant professor of performance and cultural studies in the UNC Department of Communication Studies.
On its website, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern asks:
“What if a former U.S. defense secretary who condoned the use of torture to extract information was himself extremely rendered and tortured by his own methods?
“By turns comic and harrowing, Donald is a beautiful, disturbing mediation on what to do with ‘war criminals,’ even if they could be brought to ‘justice.'”
Donald stars Caroline Culbertson, Jeffrey Detwiler, J Evarts, Dana Marks, Brycen McCrary, Jay O’Berski, Rajeev Rajendran, and Lucius Robinson.
In addition to adapter and director Tony Perucci, the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern creative team for Donald includes designers Alex Maness, Dana Marks, and Rick Young and stag manager Shelby Hahn.
The production is underwritten by Matt Zafirovski and sponsored by the Duke University Department of Theater Studies (http://theaterstudies.duke.edu/) and North Carolina Stop Torture Now (http://www.ncstoptorturenow.org/).
SECOND OPINION: Jan. 24th Chapel Hill, NC Daily Tar Heel preview by John Sherman: http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2012/01/rumsfeld_play_explores_powers_effect; and Jan. 20th Raleigh, NC WRAL.com blog by Debbie Tullos: http://www.wral.com/entertainment/out_and_about/blogpost/10625097/.
Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern presents DONALD, world premiere of a world premiere by Tony Perucci, at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 26 Pay-What-You-Will Preview ($5 minimum) and 8:15 p.m. Jan. 27 and 28, Feb. 2-4, and 9-11 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: $12 Thursdays and $15 Friday-Saturday, except Jan. 26th pay-what-you-can preview (door sales only, $5 minimum), $8 Student Rush Tickets (door sales only, one hour before curtain), and $10 seniors 62+ and active-duty military personnel.
BOX OFFICE: 919-682-3343 or http://manbitesdogtheater.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=150.
SHOW: http://littlegreenpig.com/tix.htm and http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/388/.
VIDEO PREVIEW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYPyhEX6dHk&feature=youtu.be.
The Playwright: http://comm.unc.edu/facstaff/facultyprofile/perucci/index_html (UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Communication Studies).
The Novel: http://store.mcsweeneys.net/ (official web page).
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