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What’s Going On? Theater and Dialogue
Saturday, December 8, 2007

Co-sponsored by: Princeton University, Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater and Dance and McCarter Theatre Center

3:30 p.m. Reading of Returns
By Joshua Casteel
Directed by David Gothard

A reading of Joshua Casteel's Returns, based on his own experiences as an Abu Ghraib interrogator. A native of Cedar Rapids with a Christian background, Casteel had always dreamed of becoming a soldier. At the age of 17 he signed a contract to go into the Army Reserves and after 9/11 was called up to active duty. Within a few months after his training as an Arabic linguist and interrogator, he was deployed to Baghdad and the Abu Ghraib prison. This reading will be directed by David Gothard, associate director of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theater. This is a free event, reservations strongly encouraged.

Panel Discussion immediately following the reading.
With panelists Nadine Strossen (President of the ACLU), Joshua Casteel (Returns Playwright), David Gothard (Returns Director), and Emily Mann (McCarter Theatre Artistic Director and Resident Playwright).
Moderated by Michael Cadden, Director, Program in Theater and Dance

Joshua Casteel video

Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street, Princeton

8:00 p.m. Death and the Maiden

Directed by Alex Ripp ’09 and Featuring Dan Kublick ’08

In an unnamed Latin American country transitioning from dictatorship to democracy, a woman tortured under the military regime unexpectedly encounters her alleged torturer in her own home. Much to the dismay of her husband, a newly appointed member of the country's truth commission, she resolves to put the man on trial, with only the sound of his voice as proof. Playwright Ariel Dorfman questions how a country is to move beyond a past of atrocity and trauma. Must victims truly forgive and forget for the greater good?

Reading and Panel Discussion are free and open to the public with reserved seats.
Tickets required for performance of Death and the Maiden.

For all tickets and reservations call 609.258.9220.

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