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The Overwhelming - Full Length Play

The Overwhelming

J.T. Rogers

Full Length Play

8m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822222781

When American academic Jack Exley arrives in Kigali, Rwanda, in early …

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When American academic Jack Exley arrives in Kigali, Rwanda, in early 1994 to write about his old college classmate, Dr. Joseph Gasana, and his work with children stricken by AIDS, Jack is unable to find anyone who even admits to knowing the doctor. Jack, his African-American second wife, Linda, and his teenage son, Geoffrey, become enmeshed in the politics, fear and personal betrayals that mark the start of a genocidal war—a horror all can sense is coming but no one can comprehend or control.
"THE OVERWHELMING strikes me as not only the best new play I've seen this year but also one of the most entertaining." —Daily Telegraph (London). "Shatteringly powerful but also unexpectedly entertaining…with the atmosphere, moral urgency, and hurtling momentum of a Graham Greene novel." —Sunday Telegraph (London). "The theatre is a tribunal whose task is to present the bloody evidence and ask what you think of yourself as a member of the human race. I have seldom seen this task performed with such unprejudiced but devastating power." —Sunday Times (London). "I loved everything about J.T. Rogers' THE OVERWHELMING." —The New Yorker. "An urgent new theatrical voice has arrived." —NY Sun. "THE OVERWHELMING builds to such a chilling climax, it's not a play you'll forget." —NY Daily News. "Political theatre of the most gripping kind. J.T. Rogers' THE OVERWHELMING handles this daunting topic with a powerful immediacy and theatricality." —NY Post.


8m, 3f


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J.T. Rogers

J.T. Rogers

J.T. Rogers is the author of The Overwhelming, Madagascar, White People, and Murmuring in a Dead Tongue. His works have been produced in London by the National Theatre; the Tricycle Theatre, where he was one of the 2010 Oliver Award-nominated writers of The Great Game; Theatre 503; and have toured the UK with Out of Joint and been heard on BBC radio. In New York City his plays have been seen at ... view full profile

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