MYTH, PROPAGANDA AND DISASTER IN NAZI GERMANY AND CONTEMPORARY AMERICA
University of Adelaide Theatre Guild
The Little Theatre
Written By: Stephen Sewell
Directed By: Erik Strauts
“When you make an enemy of the United States, you’d better watch out. Sooner or later we will get you”.
Paul Bremer, former US Administrator of Iraq
Talbot Finch is an Australian academic in an Ivy League University on the verge of getting tenure. He believes in reason and the importance of learning from history. But he is dangerously at odds with his colleagues and the prevailing political temperature and he suddenly finds himself in a nightmare, Kafkaesque world where everything he holds dear is rapidly disintegrating. Are his students and colleagues manipulating him? Is his University complicit? Or is he acting out his own myths?
“Who cares what’s legal or illegal; what matters is power and how it is used.”
Stephen Sewell’s award-winning commentary on the War on Terror was considered unrealistic when it premièred in 2003. Fifteen years later, its chilling, sinister portrait of the corrupting nature of power and the corrosive effect of lies is frighteningly perceptive.
With the 24 hour media cycle highlighting global political developments and the precarious relationships between world leaders, what have we learned? What does happen when the ‘Land of the Free’, with its neuroses about security and its desire for control says “You’re either with us or against us”?
This powerful and provocative play will have you talking and thinking long after you leave the theatre.
Warning: Strong language and violence
Approx. Running Time: 2.5 hours
Suitable for ages: Mature age
Saturday 5 May 2018, 7.30pm Opening Night
Sunday 6 May 2018, 4pm Matinee
Wednesday to Saturday 9-12 & 16-19 May 2018, 7.30pm
Little Theatre, The Cloisters (gate 10 off Victoria Drive), University of Adelaide
After hours parking available in the University grounds (tiicket machine in Cloisters area, fee determined by the University). We recommend allowing extra time to park when there is an event on at Adelaide Oval.
$28 Full, $23 Concession
Groups 10+ at Concession rate
Tickets on the door, subject to availability