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Building the Wall

Closed June 4, 2017

"Terrifying plausible distopian fiction."

The Hollywood Reporter

Why See Building the Wall?

The Future of America

The new play from Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Robert Schenkkan (All the Way), Building the Wall is one of the first theatrical works to address the election victory of Donald Trump. Set in 2019, this tense two-hander explores the creeping banality of evil, and how dangerous political rhetoric can translate into previously unthinkable real world actions.

Following a terrorist attack on Times Square, a mass deportation of illegal immigrants is initiated by the Trump administration. Unable to cope with the vast numbers of people awaiting processing, the detainees are moved from prisons to sports stadiums, where crowding and the lack of facilities leads to the outbreak of disease and the deaths of thousands. The play follows a conversation between a scholar (Tamara Tunie) and a prison warder (James Badge Dale) who was in charge of such a stadium and is now awaiting trial, after news of the scandal caused a public outcry. As the scholar discovers, while he may have been made the scapegoat, the warder is only a symptom of the country's problems, and not a cause.

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Dates

Previews from: 12 May 2017

Opening night: 21 May 2017

Audience

May be inappropriate for 13 and under.

Run time

1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission

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Image by Hometown Heroes Award Used under Creative Commons License

Cast and Creative

Cast

James Badge Dale
Tamara Tunie

Creative

Written by Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Ari Edelson

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