Drama. By Nancy Pahl Gilsenan.
Cast: 9m., 2w., extras. This is a play about now and about Central America … and about the terrible harm both sides of a conflict can do in pursuit of what each perceives to be "good." Most of all, however, this is a play about Susana, a poet who is in jail and who can watch the stars through a small break in the wall. Set in a small country ruled by a military junta and plagued by guerilla revolt, this is the story of men deluded by reason. The "Generals" want desperately to unify their foundering nation. The best way, they reason, is to conquer Heaven. The "Displonados" are determined to save Heaven for the poor. Their only chance, they reason, is to overthrow the Generals. Two sides, each committed to the undisputable Truth, and both trapped between these "Saviors of the People" … the Church, the country's intellectuals, and the innocent. The play climaxes in a moment which encompasses the entire audience and a metaphoric Heaven. In this unusual show, we get into the twin essences that make theatre worthwhile—intelligence and imagination. One interior set.