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Abu Ghraib interrogator to read, Dec. 8

Playwright Joshua Casteel will read from his work "Returns," based on his service as a U.S. Army interrogator at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. A panel discussion will follow.

"Returns" is Casteel's first play, in which he reflects on his experiences during and after his service in Iraq. The play begins with Casteel's arrival in Iraq, which came eight months after the release of the infamous photographs depicting mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Casteel's play tells the stories of people he interrogated and of his U.S. military colleagues.

Following the reading, Casteel will participate in a panel discussion with Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union; David Gothard, director of "Returns"; and Emily Mann, artistic director of the McCarter Theatre Center. Michael Cadden, director of Princeton's Program in Theater and Dance, will moderate.

The event is sponsored by the Program in Theater and Dance and McCarter Theatre.

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