The Conduct of Life presents an unflinching portrait of the intersection between political and personal violence. The play's action is driven by Orlando, an army officer serving under the totalitarian government of an unnamed Latin American state. As he advances in his career, Orlando perpetrates state-sanctioned acts of violence, warping his psyche and gradually upending life in his household. His descent into a lifestyle of corruption and abuse leaves Orlando's family grappling with the pernicious intrusion of state terror into their private lives. This riveting exploration of power, gender, and greed offers a timely and brutal picture of domestic life under authoritarianism.