Nov 7 & 14 @ Prop Thtr and Nov 15 @
The Chicago Theatre
The man responsible for one of the biggest intelligence leaks in US history is talking again, but this time he’s telling his own story. In this satirical triumph by local activist W.C. Turck, Edward Snowden emerges from his undisclosed location to hold a very personal press conference on what brought him to expose the dirtiest secrets of our National Security Agency. With a razor wit, Snowden reflects on his journey, his new home in lovely Russia, and the comfort he takes in our government’s promise not to torture or execute him. With a directing team plucked from political sketch comedy company Democracy Burlesque, The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden takes an irreverent, poignant look at freedom and privacy in our time. Is Snowden a traitor? A hero? Could this be “the Most Dangerous Play in America?” You decide.
This is the second play by W.C. Turck, following his 2011 Occupy Chicago collaboration, Occupy My Heart, A Revolutionary Christmas Carol. Based upon the Dickens classic, Occupy My Heart was written as a celebration of the movement, intended to bring the spirit and message of the Occupation to a broader audience. It gained national attention with a series of free performances at Grant Park, Prop Thtr, and Studio BE.
Turck’s other work includes his novels Broken, One Soldier’s Unexpected Journey Home, which was recommended by the National Organization of Mental Health Institutes for its treatment of PTSD; Everything for Love, a memoir of his experiences in the Bosnian conflict; Burn down the Sky, based on his very real experiences on the front lines of the so-called war on terror; and The Last Man, about a world run by a single corporation. Turck is also co-host of the popular Chicago public access TV show Revolution and Beer in which each week a panel discusses political issues over great craft beer.
Now with The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden Turck has once again taken up his pen to illuminate a complex issue with comedy, heartbreak, and hope.
The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden is co-directed by Celia Forrest and Erik Parsons, and stars Nick Haugland, Arne Saupe and Catherine Povinelli.
Thursdays, November 7th and 14th at 8:00pm.
Prop Thtr, 3502-04 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618.
$10 tickets will soon go on sale at RepublicofSnowden.com.
Friday, November 15th at 8:00pm.
The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601.
$15 tickets will soon go on sale at TheChicagoTheatre.com.
Learn more at RepublicofSnowden.com!