The War Play

Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex
312 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

The Way Play is a collection of pieces, spanning centuries, exploring the ways in which religion, history, class and gender condition and texture the experience of war. The play was created in an attempt to raise the level of debate about the phenomenon of war. In the play, different scenarios are revisited at intervals creating a variety of linear but fragmented narratives. They include a magician who questions the paradoxical relationship between what is worth living for and what is worth dying for; a young American pacifist suffragette under pressure to marry an airman; an English Jewish couple in their seventies competing over their violently different memories of the Second World War; a nineteenth century general infuriated that a tribe in the Congo has surrendered without a fight; and a G.I. and a Samurai stranded on a hill, neither quite sure how they got there, or if they are dead or alive.