A PERSONAL APPEAL FROM JERRY STARR
We live in a moment that may well define the kind of America future generations will inherit. The Senate is considering the lifetime appointment of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court as the Bush Administration threatens to veto a defense spending bill if it includes language supporting international agreements condemning torture. It is not just women’s reproductive rights that are in jeopardy, but the rights to privacy, the rights of the accused and human rights generally.
That is why the Open Stage Theatre is pleased to collaborate with the Center for Constitutional Rights in presenting the Pittsburgh premiere of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom, a play based on the experiences of four British subjects detained at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo; who they were, how they came to be arrested, what they and their families experienced, how this was justified and with what consequences.
Guantanamo is excellent theatre. The London Sunday Times calls it “shocking and deeply moving.” The New York Times says that Guantanamo “exerts an icy visceral edge.” The Washington Post advises: “You may find your mind-set profoundly challenged by this skillfully assembled, moving documentary-style work.” The San Francisco Chronicle states: “The play’s power lies in the stark testimony itself, and its resonance has been remarkable.” The Pittsburgh production features such talents as Ron Siebert, veteran of Broadway and national television, and Doug Mertz, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Performer of the Year."
We know that $50 a ticket is a lot for some people. But you not only get excellent theatre, you get a buffet reception (served at 9:30pm) with delicious food (plus wine and other beverages) donated by our major markets. And Jules Lobel, National Vice President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, will be available to answer any questions you may have about the issues. Finally, half of the ticket price is a tax deductible contribution to the important work of the producing organizations.
Fittingly, Guantanamo debuts on Veteran’s day, November 11th at 8:00 pm. There also will be performances on Saturday, November 12th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 13th at 2:00 pm. Those will be your only opportunities to see this groundbreaking work. The Open Stage Theatre is located at 2835 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Parking is ample and free.
For tickets, call ProArts, 412-394-3353. For more information, call Open Stage Theatre, 412-257-4056.