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Fall Theater Production takes Center Stage in Gwangju By Kaley LaQuea Photos by Amanda Koons

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wangju residents will be able to enjoy a unique piece of American theater this month by seeing Christopher Durang's “Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.” On the surface, the play follows Felicity, a young woman who marries a man named Zamir, whom she knows nothing about, during a drunken jaunt. Felicity is met with hostility and shock from her parents upon bringing Zamir home to meet them. Her father, an extremely conservative individual, proceeds to interrogate Zamir as the audience watches the situation devolve further. The plot is straightforward, as are its allegations. The play explores “American nationalistic fervor” and the repercussions of such a mindset. Durang's piece delivers a focused and deliberate criticism about patriotism, in addition to other social constructs and issues. “It's pretty explicit, it's definitely not a subtle satire. It's very heavy handed on purpose,” Travis Major, producer and actor explained. “It's about how America has lost their minds over national security and terrorism and how that overlaps with the American family, the 1950s stereotype of the way things should be but not really.” Despite the heavy dose of dark subject matter, director Gail Elgersma hopes the audience takes away a brighter message. “The fact that the play was dark made me uncertain about what to do with it and how the audience would take it,” Elgersma explained. “I understand the title much better now. It's not just about torture; it's about loving as well. I hope people aren't just stunned by the darkness but hopefully they'll notice the love too, that's a huge part of the plot. I hope the audience can take away not just being nice to people but that you should look for the good in people too.” “Torture” will be Elgersma's first production as a director.

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