FROM THE PULITZER AND TONY®-WINNING
PLAYWRIGHT OF 'ALL THE WAY'
“A tour-de-force!” – Broadway World
“A must-see show!” – New York Times
"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, inspired by Candidate Donald Trump and his anti-immigration campaign rhetoric, Building the Wall reveals a scenario of how campaign promises made law might lead to a terrifying, seemingly inconceivable, yet inevitable conclusion.
It's the very near future and the Trump administration carries out its promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. With martial law declared and increased ICE and Homeland Security arrests, rapid expansions in the private detention system are quickly overwhelmed with detainees awaiting deportation. Rick, a detention center supervisor abandoned by his supervisors as the situation deteriorates into chaos and death, is interviewed by Gloria, a historian curious to understand his side of the story, while he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that escalated into the unimaginable.
This riveting, harrowing and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how the inconceivable becomes inevitable when personal accountability is denied.
National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 200 productions nationwide through its innovative National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, which provides playwright and production support for new works at its Member theaters. Additional programs - its annual National Conference, National Showcase of New Plays, and MFA Playwrights Workshop; the NNPN Annual and Smith Prize commissions; its residencies for playwrights, producers and directors; and the organization’s member accessed Collaboration, Festival, and Travel banks and online information sessions - have helped cement the Network’s position as a vital force in the new play landscape. NNPN also strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Its most recent project, the New Play Exchange, is changing the way playwrights share their work and others discover it by providing immediate access to information on more than 9,500 new plays by living writers. NNPN’s 30 Core and more than 75 Associate Members - along with the more than 150 affiliated artists who are its alumni, the thousands of artists and artisans employed annually by its member theaters, and the hundreds of thousands of audience members who see its supported works each year - are creating the new American theater. www.nnpn.org | www.newplayexchange.org