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Roust Theatre Company Presents
TWO ROOMS
Thursday, May 08, 2008 through Saturday, May 31, 2008

Hostage-taking, the story-hungry press and the staggering ineptitude of government all combine in this sizzling Lee Blessing masterpiece.

Length: 1 hr 50 mins
Intermission: Yes
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Directed by James Phillip Gates
With Tracy Hostmyer*, Tori Davis*, Joe Osheroff* and Garrett Lee Hendricks (*appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association)

2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the original production of Lee Blessing's penetrating play about hostage-taking in the Middle East which, despite the twenty intervening years, is still frighteningly relevant today.

Two rooms, worlds apart: in one, Michael Wells, an American university professor held hostage by Arab terrorists; in the other, his wife Lainie, desperate to stay connected with him despite being thousands of miles away.

Into Michael's room come his tormentors; into Lainie's room come hers – the United States Government and the press corps. State Department representative, the efficient Ellen Van Oss, claims to be doing everything she can to procure the release of this "low value hostage" and to urge Lainie's silence. Ambitious journalist, Walker Harris, pushes Lainie to tell her story, his big scoop, and to speak out against the government, in a vain bid to help win Michael's freedom.

Nobody is a winner in this timely political piece, a piece which begs the pertinent questions: What happens to the individuals involved in a government-determined 'international crisis' or a press-hungry 'big story?' Can a government afford to care about one man and his family in the context of a large scale war? Does the press have an obligation to be sensitive to the needs of those whose lives have become the story of the day?
 


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