"Stuff happens and it's untidy, and freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things."-The American Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld's famous response to the looting of Baghdad, at a press conference of April 11, 2003, provides the title for a new, highly controversial play about the extraordinary process leading up to the invasion of Iraq. How does the world settle its differences, now there is only one superpower? What happens to leaders risking their credibility with skeptical publics? From events which have dominated international headlines for the last two years David Hare has fashioned both a historical narrative and a human drama about the frustrations of power and the limits of diplomacy.
"His best political play yet . . . An exhilarating account of the genesis of the current war in Iraq." - The New Yorker
"The most significant theatrical artifact yet to grow from our catastrophic times." - Newsday
"The most feverishly anticipated play in London in recent memory." - The New York Times