By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
It’s been fifteen years considering that Guantánamo, fifteen years considering that Bashir final observed his U.S. military interrogator, Alice. Bashir is now death of a affliction of the liver, an organ that he believes is the house of the soul. He tracks down Alice in Texas and calls for that she donate part her liver as restitution for the wear and tear wrought in the course of her interrogations.
But Alice doesn’t keep in mind Bashir; a PTSD capsule trial she participated in whereas within the military has left her with none reminiscence of her time there. it is just while her inquisitive fourteen-year-old daughter starts her personal research that the delicate peace of brain that Alice’s drug-induced oblivion enabled starts to falter.
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s robust drama asks vital and hard questions: Is guilt an important kind of ethical reckoning, or is it a drawback to be triumph over? Will the cost of our nationwide political amnesia be paid merely by means of the subsequent generation—the daughters and sons who have been by no means there?
Upon awarding the prize, David Hare wrote, “We favorite the play because—although it used to be stylishly written, even though the governing metaphor and simple realism have been held in an excellent balance—it additionally recalled the political urgency which had propelled a prior new release of writers into the theatre within the first place.”
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When he touches her, he jolts away. BASHIR There’s a strange light in here. A very strange light. ALICE You drove here, from Canada, to ask for my liver? BASHIR Just half. The liver regenerates. Both halves become wholes. I’m dying. I have one month left. ALICE Get out of my shop. BASHIR More life. That’s all I want. More life. I’m staying at the Motel 6. Room 124. I’ll wait there until you remember me. ALICE That won’t happen. BASHIR Last chance. 22 Lidless A long silence. bashir pulls the black plastic bag over his head.
When it was Saddam’s prison. Because he spoke Syriac to a soldier who asked him a question in Arabic. BASHIR Did helping Muslim men get tortured make your father’s pain go away? RIVA They cut off his hands and put them in a box for my mother. We never got the rest of his body. I buried his hands under an orange tree, palm to palm. Like a prayer. Like a promise. BASHIR What kind of promise does a little girl make to severed hands that she spends her life trying to keep? bashir reaches for riva’s hands.
LUCAS I think you have a sexy radio voice. ALICE I think I sound like a Muppet. Scene 2 15 rhiannon and riva emerge with the cake. RHIANNON/RIVA Surprise!!! rhiannon, lucas, and riva sing alice the Happy Birthday song. rhiannon breathes into her inhaler. She hands alice the inﬂated globe. RHIANNON Happy birthday! ALICE My old globe! I haven’t seen that thing since high school. RHIANNON It has writing on it. “Secalp eseht lla wonk lliw I dlo ma I erofeb. Ebolg ym si siht. ” ALICE It’s written backwards.