In an interview with The New York Times, Michael Moore revealed that his upcoming Broadway show, The Terms of My Surrender, will rejuvenate, empower, and motivate audiences. The Oscar-winning filmmaker and author has so far been tight-lipped about his new solo show, which begins performances July 28 at the Belasco Theatre.
The Terms of My Surrender, which is directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, is billed as a subversive solo play and cross-examination of America’s political climate. Rather than solely take aim at the current administration, Moore told the Times that he aims to profoundly move audiences and empower them to take action.
“I’m not coming to this stage every night to conduct a political rally,” he told NYT. “[And] this is not a kumbaya piece of theater,” he continued. “I’m not looking for everyone to hold hands. I want people to leave with a sense that they’ve been moved in a profound way.”
Mayer, who had been in discussion with Moore about a potential collaboration for several years, told the Times that The Terms of My Surrender will change nightly and that the show will be responsive to the day’s latest news when possible.
There will also be some audience interaction: conservative theatregoers will be invited to the stage to talk with Moore. The stage itself is reportedly dominated by a giant set-piece that resembles an American flag. This will also serve as a backdrop for video projections, such as video footage of the news.
The Terms of My Surrender will play a 12-week run on Broadway, with an official opening scheduled for August 10. Watch rehearsal highlights and flip through photos below: