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Betrayed - Full Length Play, Drama

Betrayed

George Packer

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Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573662874

Based on the article George Packer wrote for The New Yorker, Betrayed follows two Iraqui translators as they discuss their lives being stuck between a country that feels they've betrayed them and another that doesn't care.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

105 Minutes

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Wartime Baghdad

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Millions of Iraqis, spanning the country's religious and ethnic spectrum, welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But the mostly young men and women who embraced America's project so enthusiastically that they were prepared to risk their lives for it by aiding the U.S. forces constitute a small minority. On a cold, wet night in January 2007, George Packer met two such Iraqi men in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel, in central Baghdad to hear their story and those of other Iraqis working as translators and additional key personnel for the U.S. military and occupation authorities. They assumed that their perspective would be valuable to foreigners who knew little or nothing of Iraq. But instead of respect and gratitude, those who chose to help bridge the gap between the occupiers and the occupied were met with suspicion and hostility. They have been killed by insurgents and militias, ignored by U.S. officials, fired from their jobs without reason or recourse, and prevented from fleeing to the States for safety.

REVIEWS

"...the clarity of the writing, the urgency of the story being told ... give the play a sharp dramatic impact and a plain-spoken beauty. Painful human experience is presented here as just that. Nothing else is necessary to awaken sympathy, despair and awareness of a grave moral failure on the part of the American government." - TheNew York Times, Read More 

"...Betrayed takes a story you think you already know and, by embodying it in flesh and blood, makes it memorably immediate." San Francisco Chronicle, Read More 

 

Betrayed premiered at the Culture Project in New YorkCity in February of 2008 under the direction of Pippin Parker. 

To read the original article George Packer published for The New Yorker, click here.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Multicultural casting

ADNAN
LAITH
CURSING MAN / OLD MAN / DISHDASHA MAN / EGGPLANT FACE / AMBASSADOR
PRESCOTT
INTISAR
SOLDIER / REGIONAL SECURITY OFFICER
Videos
  • Betrayed at Stanford University

  • George Packer discusses scenes from Betrayed

Author
George Packer

George Packer

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of numerous books, including Blood of the Liberals (FSG, 2000), winner of the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Award, The Assassins’ Gate (FSG, 2005), which was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade (FSG, 2009). He is also the editor of the anthology The Fight Is for Democracy and was ... view full profile

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