Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Contemporary, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 16th Century / Elizabethan, Greek; Roman & Biblical
Settings Of Play - A contemporary University. World War Two era Germany and Los Angeles. Renaissance Italy. Ancient Greece.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
2003 Portland Critics Circle Award for Best New Play
In Ancient Greece, Socrates is accused of corrupting the young with his practice of questioning commonly held beliefs. In Renaissance Italy, a simple miller named Menocchio runs afoul of the Inquisition when he develops his own theory of the cosmos. In Nazi Germany, the playwright Bertolt Brecht is persecuted for work that challenges authority. And in present day New England, a graduate student finds himself in the center of a power struggle over the future of the University. An irreverent epic that spans thousands of years, Outrage explores the power of martyrdom, the power of theatre, and how the revolutionary of one era become the tyrant of the next.
“Gives audiences a shot in the arm of a fresh talent.” – The Oregonian
“Itamar Moses' three-ring circus of a play takes on nothing less than the history of knowledge and the ways in which its heroes make it available to the public, while its villains attempt to harness it for nefarious ends. Highly accomplished and really funny — a genuinely virtuosic turn.” – Philadelpia City Paper
“Wonderfully untidy and hugely theatrical… Makes for fascinating theater. What makes the play's historical figures so interesting is that instead of seeing them as martyrs we see them as human beings, terrified of being tortured and killed for their beliefs.” – Philadelpia Weekly
“Jumbled, sprawling, idiosyncratic. A demonstration of scattershot erudition that has a disarming way of defusing its own pretensions. A bravura attempt at a synthesis of philosophical questions and romp. Outrage is very, very clever.” – CurtainUp
“Burns with manic energy and crackles with sparkling wit.” – Portland Mercury
Outrage was first presnted by Bloomington Playwrights Project in Bloomington, IN, in 2001. It was directed by Rick Fonte. The play was subsequently presented by Portland Center Stage in Portland, OR, in 2003. It was directed by Chris Coleman. The play was also presented by Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, PA, in 2005. It was directed by Jiri Zizka.