An Army general and his wife have committed a ritual double suicide during a Halloween party in the officers' club at Schofield Barracks, and now an official court of inquiry has been convened to investigate their shocking, and apparently senseless act. Those present at the affair and others who knew the general and his wife well are called to testify and, as tension mounts, a remarkable and compassionate portrait of the dead couple emerges—and, with it, a shattering awareness of the significance of their deed. Each character, in his testimony, contributes yet another insight, another piece of the mosaic, until the suicide is finally revealed and understood as an act of expiatory self-sacrifice, and a profound statement about war and killing and the responsibility of the individual. In the final essence, the play becomes not only an intense and moving emotional experience and a powerful evocation of the troubled conscience of contemporary America but also a stirring call to all of good will to reawaken their sense of responsibility for the moral and political actions of their country.
Produced on Broadway in association with ANTA, this powerful and timely courtroom drama uses the framework of a military investigation to reveal the deeper meaning of what, at first, appears to be a senseless act of violence. "…a vital piece of theatre, compelling for its sensitive probing of an important moral issue." -Cue Magazine. "…it holds and intrigues you." —NY Newsday. "…steadily exciting…" —NY Post.