Betrayed

by  George Packer

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 1f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

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 

 

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  • Betrayed at Stanford University
  • George Packer discusses scenes from Betrayed
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Keywords

Betrayal, Politics, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Wartime Baghdad

Casting

5m, 1f
ADNAN
LAITH
CURSING MAN / OLD MAN / DISHDASHA MAN / EGGPLANT FACE / AMBASSADOR
PRESCOTT
INTISAR
SOLDIER / REGIONAL SECURITY OFFICER
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

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, 2 ...

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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.

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