Durham, NC, May 27, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Common Wealth Endeavors will present Sandi Toksvig’s Bully Boy as the first production of its 2014 season. Directed by Kari Barclay and starring Justin Brent Johnson and Common Wealth founder Gregor McElvogue, this production follows a two-night staged reading of the play presented by Common Wealth in August 2013, a fundraiser that raised $500 for Iran Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Bully Boy tells the gripping story of a Falklands War veteran sent to a combat zone in the Middle East to probe allegations of severe misconduct by a young soldier accused of throwing an eight-year-old local boy down a well. As the interrogation develops, they discover that the so-called truth in a modern insurgency is often a point of view rather than a fact—and that the shared experience of war means these two men have far more in common than they could have anticipated.
Toksvig’s play, which launched the debut season of St. James Theatre in London in 2012, is a timely and insightful exploration of the challenging moral issues of contemporary military occupation and the effects of war on the mental health of serving soldiers.
The Common Wealth Endeavors production will run at Common Ground Theatre in Durham, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., June 12-28, 2014, with matinees at 3 p.m. on June 15 and 22. The performance on June 12 is a pay-what-you-can preview, with a cash-only $5 minimum.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students/military.
“Bully Boy is an empathic exploration of the mental cost of war, driven by a desire to confront difficult subjects.” —Time Out London
“Emotionally expansive...” —Jane Shilling, The Telegraph
“A surprisingly caustic and compassionate look at the terrible mental toll of war.” —Paul Taylor, The Independent
“A serious, heartfelt 90 minutes, obviously based on close research...Toksvig's play has a hurtling pace...” —Michael Billington, The Guardian
About Common Wealth Endeavors
Common Wealth Endeavors is a theatrical cooperative, organized as a Limited Liability Corporation under North Carolina law. We present English language drama that originates from countries outside the US, in the belief that from our common language there is a common wealth of cultural understanding that can be shared through common experiences. Common Wealth Endeavors is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Creative contributors are paid on a fee-for-hire basis. Any profits arising from productions go to fund new endeavors.
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