Lili Taylor Added to "Torture Team" Event at Long Wharf

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Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor has joined the Long Wharf Theatre's Jan. 16 evening of political dialogue, "Torture Team," featuring Vanessa Redgrave.

Taylor ("High Fidelity," Broadway's Three Sisters), will join the previously announced Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy, Long Day's Journey Into Night), Jeff McCarthy (The Pirate Queen, Urinetown), Jay O. Sanders (Stuff Happens) and Harris Yulin (The Price, Hedda Gabler).

Presented at 7 PM, "Torture Team," according to Long Wharf, "tells the story of attorney Philippe Sands' investigation of Donald Rumsfeld's 2002 memo, authorizing the new interrogation techniques that led to torture at Guantanamo Bay and beyond." A discussion with the artistic team will follow the presentation.

Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein has shaped the evening that uses "Torture Team" as its base, but includes footage from "Judgment at Nuremberg," the television series "24," as well as Murat Kurnaz's memoir "Five Years of My Life: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo." Sanders will also his performance as George W. Bush in a reading from David Hare’s Stuff Happens as part of the event.

The Long Wharf issued the following statement about the event: "One of the darkest chapters of American history was the officially sanctioned torture of prisoners of war in Guantanamo Bay following Sept. 11. In breaking Geneva Convention rules and the rules of all civilized nations, the United States slipped into a kind of behavior unbefitting the values that make this country great. In his book, Philippe follows the thorny path of denials and buck-passing under the Bush administration regarding who actually ordered and approved the torture of prisoners. We are continuing our time-honored tradition of using Long Wharf Theatre as a forum for the discussion of controversial ideas."

For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

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