Political thriller 'Donald' poses uneasy questions
Little Green Pig's 'Donald' tackles heavy topics, seeking to provoke thought and conversation about power, impossibly difficult decisions, the definition of torture and how to deal with war criminals.Posted — Updated
“What if a former U.S. defense secretary, who condoned the use of torture to extract information, was himself ‘extremely rendered’ by his own methods?”
“It's an ambiguous play where the audience decides what's heroic or villainous from moment to moment and it keeps switching back, morphing, never an easy yes or no,” says O’Berski. “It's for adults, not a propagandistic rant against a scapegoat. We're trying to stage the thought process of a brilliant, inflexible, cunning man whose strengths and flaws affected us all for five tumultuous years.”
Yes, sounds really heavy, right? And it is, but the video preview certainly shows a willingness to take a not-so-heavy approach to the subject. Here’s the preview, featuring stop-motion Legos:
I asked O’Berski to describe the tone of the play to me. He said it is a political thriller, but it’s really all over the map: funny, scary, sad and terrible. He said people should see the play because most of us either decided early on that unilateral war was not the answer or that the threat of a global enemy was too great not to take the fight on the offensive.
If you are interested, but want a chance to get your head around all this before seeing the play, you are invited to join "Donald" playwright and director, Tony Perucci at the Durham County Library for a free talk Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. He and members of the cast will be there to discuss the play and the production.