FROM THE PULITZER AND TONY®-WINNING
PLAYWRIGHT OF 'ALL THE WAY'
“A tour-de-force!” – Broadway World
“A must-see show!” – TimeOut Los Angeles
"Urgent and powerful theater." – Hollywood Reporter
NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Building the Wall – the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret Ledford.
Written immediately prior to the recent presidential election, BUILDING THE WALL is a hard-hitting new play inspired by angry campaign rhetoric, and threatening promises made law, that leads to a terrifying escalation of horrifying events.
It's 2019 and the US has suffered another terrorist attack. Declaring martial law, the government has swept up and detained millions of immigrants. Rick is a former supervisor of a private detention facility overwhelmed by detainees and chaos. Found guilty of unspeakable crimes, he now awaits sentencing in federal prison. Gloria is an African-American historian who arrives for an interview, compelled to uncover and write about the truth.
This riveting, harrowing, and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning, and reveals the human cost, of what happens when America decides to build the wall.
Join us for talk-backs after most performances. The discussions will focus on immigration and tolerance and with Robert Schenkkan, the Miami Conference of Christians and Jews, the American Civil Liberties Union, immigration experts, the League of Women Voters and many more. See the Events tab above for the full schedule.
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