Vanessa Redgrave, Lili Taylor, Jeff McCarthy Recall a "Torture Team" at Long Wharf Jan. 16

News   Vanessa Redgrave, Lili Taylor, Jeff McCarthy Recall a "Torture Team" at Long Wharf Jan. 16
 
Tony Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, who currently stars in the Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy, leads a one-night-only Jan. 16 reading of "Torture Team," Philippe Sands' account of the U.S. sanctioning of torture, at the Long Wharf Theatre.

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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."

Also appearing are Lili Taylor ("High Fidelity," Broadway's Three Sisters), Jeff McCarthy (The Pirate Queen, Urinetown), Jay O. Sanders (Stuff Happens) and Harris Yulin (The Price, Hedda Gabler).

Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein has shaped the evening that uses "Torture Team" as its base, but also 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 is also slated to reprise his performance as George W. Bush in a reading from David Hare’s Stuff Happens.

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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