ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

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New Robert Schenkkan play is next up for Borderlands

Imagine this: A terrorist attack in Times Square leads to the president declaring martial law. A massive round up of immigrants begins. The idea is to deport millions back to their home countries. Private prisons take them in until that can be done. The results are disastrous. Robert Schenkkan imagined just such a scenario in his new play “Building the Wall,” which Borderlands Theater opens in previews Sept. 27. To read more, click here. 

New Trustus Production Tackles Trump’s Proposed Border Wall

It could happen here. That cautionary warning is often used in speculative fiction, but is an integral theme of Building the Wall, coming this week to the intimate, black box-style Side Door performance space at Trustus Theatre.  To read more, click here.

BUILDING THE WALL Opens at Trustus Theatre, 10/6!

Trustus Theatre brings Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Playwright Robert Schenkkan's newest political thriller play, Building the Wall, to the Side Door Theatre October 6-14, 2017 for its Southeastern premiere. Directed by Jim O'Connor, this play explores the contemporary times that we live in and the potential result of our communities failing to stay vigilant and letting their voices go unheard. To read more, click here.

In 'Building the Wall,' President Trump declares martial law, and tragedy follows

In the not-so-distant future, a terrorist strike in New York has led President Trump to declare martial law and force millions of immigrants into detention camps. The situation quickly spirals out of control, and as chaos reigns in the haphazardly constructed bureaucracy, mass deaths quickly follow. That is the scenario New York-based writer Robert Schenkkan imagines in “Building the Wall,” a play running Sept. 23-Oct. 8 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The play opens after the catastrophe has happened and revolves around a conversation between historian Gloria (played by West Palm Beach actor Karen Stephens) and detention-center supervisor Rick (Coral Gables actor Gregg Weiner), who is awaiting sentencing for “just following orders” when carrying out the federal policy that resulted in the deaths of scores of people under his charge. To read more, click here.

All the Way’ playwright responds to anti-immigration rhetoric - and Donald Trump

Even before the election that transformed billionaire reality TV star Donald J. Trump into the 45th president of the United States, playwright Robert Schenkkan was so disturbed by the candidate’s anti-immigrant rhetoric that he decided to respond. Not with a tweet. Not with an opinion-page essay. The Pulitzer Prize winner spoke back to candidate Trump with a full-length play. To read more, click here.

Building the Wall, a Timely Trump Dystopia at the Arsht

Hurricanes swirling the trees and seas into a frenzy, earthquakes shaking buildings into rubble, the government restricting the rights of Americans as the country becomes more dangerous for its own citizens — it’s not hard to imagine that perhaps this is the end of days. Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning, Emmy-nominated playwright Robert Schenkkan was inspired last October to illustrate his own imagined dark times in his play Building the Wall. It was written as a reaction to Trump’s cries to build a wall between Mexico and America to keep illegal immigrants out of the States. The two-person play, which takes place in a dystopian, Trumpian American prison, was penned well before the Donald took office. But with this work, Schenkkan captures the fear and horror many feel while living under this administration. To read more, click here.

Building the Wall - Miami New Times

As if the current political climate weren't dire enough, many of the Floridians who voted for Donald Trump were recently made refugees themselves by Hurricane Irma in an ironic twist of fate. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall revolves around an immigrant detention center as it spirals into chaos after implementing Trump’s policies. For a disturbing and human look at the consequences of xenophobic laws and bureaucratic negligence, see this play starring local actors Gregg Weiner and Karen Stephens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through October 8 at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 877-949-6722; arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $34 to $54.

The Trump Resistance Begins On Broadway Read more: http://forward.com/culture/art/378194/the-trump-resistance-begins-on-broadway/

The telescreens mounted above the doorways from the Hudson Theatre’s lobby to its auditorium — you might call them Samsung plasmas, but you’d be missing the point — display some familiar slogans: “War Is Peace”; “Ignorance Is Strength”; “Love Is Fear.” “This Bill That Cuts Billions From Medicaid Does Not Cut Medicaid” is not among them, but it could be. This is the new opened staging of George Orwell’s “1984,” and doublethink is the lingua franca here. To read more, click here.

Bards of America Historical plays for a nation “stuck in the middle”

Thirty years ago, when Alison Carey ’82 and Bill Rauch ’84 were traveling the country with Cornerstone Theater Company, the ensemble they co-founded after graduating, they would set up shop for months at a time in churches and storefronts and abandoned gymnasiums. In small-town West Virginia or Nevada or North Dakota, they worked with local residents to produce classic plays adapted to the particularities of their communities. In town after town, a similar thing kept happening: the plays were almost always set in the present, but invariably, Carey says, “You’d bump into the past.” To read more, click here.

Staging Building the Wall Before Trump Builds His Wall The playwright of All the Way races to get his latest work in theatres before Trump starts building his wall

Robert Schenkkan had no time to waste. The playwright couldn't afford the years it took to craft his Pulitzer Prize winner, The Kentucky Cycle, or the Tony Award-winning All the Way or its sequel, The Great Society. Likewise, the standard route for developing a new play – workshopping it for months at assorted regional theatres before mounting the premiere – would take too long. Given the threat to the republic, this new drama inside him needed to get out and on a stage – make that many stages, all across the land – posthaste. This was an urgent cry for the nation: one-if-by-land, two-if-by-sea urgent. To read more, click here.

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