Why Torture Is Wrong, with Estabrook, Genovese and Malhotra, Opens at the Blank Feb. 6

News   Why Torture Is Wrong, with Estabrook, Genovese and Malhotra, Opens at the Blank Feb. 6
 
Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang takes aim at American patriotism and paranoia in Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, which officially opens Feb. 6 at the Blank Theatre.
Playwright Christopher Durang
Playwright Christopher Durang Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Blank Theatre Company artistic director Daniel Henning stages the West Coast premiere that began previews Jan. 30 and will run through March 14 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. The cast features Christine Estabrook (Spring Awakening, "Desperate Housewives"), Mike Genovese ("ER," Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Catherine Hicks ("7th Heaven"), Sunil Malhotra ("24," "ER"), Nicholas Brendon (The Santaland Diaries), Alec Mapa ("Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives") and Rhea Seehorn ("The Starter Wife," "Trust Me").

According to the Blank, "Durang turns political humor upside down with this raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland 'insecurity.' A young woman is suddenly in crisis: is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts."

Why Torture Is Wrong has set design by Jeff G. Rack, costume design by Michael Mullen, lighting design by R. Christopher Stokes and sound design by Warren Davis.

Why Torture Is Wrong made its world premiere Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in March 2009.

For tickets, phone (323) 661-9827 or visit TheBlank.

The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, CA.

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