Fringe First Award-Winner The Birthday Boys Portrays the Experience of War Prisoners in Iraq
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Set during the time that Lee Harvey Oswald was held in the custody of the Dallas police, this new play takes a sideways look at a major turning point in American history. Christian Levatino's docudrama takes place in an office within police headquarters where homicide Captain William J. Fritz is given the task of interrogating Oswald. With the nation waiting for answers, the two discuss Van Heflin, Russia, Coca-Cola, Jim Brown, the AFL, backyard photographs and that Friday afternoon in Dealy Plaza. The play won Best of Fringe Extensions at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival, as well as receiving a nomination for the Playwriting O Face Award. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- WINNER - Fringe First Award (world premiere)
- "To say that this very well may be the best thing to go up in the Fringe is an understatement. The Birthday Boys is written, directed and performed to perfection."--LA Theatre Review
- "Left me breathless"--LA Stage Blog
- "Better than anything I’ve seen at one of the “top tier” LA companies. I put it right up there with some Broadway shows I’ve seen." -Gregory Crafts, Theatre Unleashed
During an unheard-of infiltration of the Al Asad green zone, regarded as one of the safest bases in Iraq, insurgents capture three U.S. Marines. At a remote warehouse, bound and blindfolded, the three soldiers must struggle with fear, betrayal and even boredom, morale and humor often their only allies against an uncertain fate.
Tense, hilarious, and frequently heart-wrenching, The Birthday Boys keeps us guessing on the edge our seats, as we barrel towards a shocking climax. A play about honor and redemption, unaffiliated with any partisan politics, The Birthday Boys is the biggest surprise of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.
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