By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Brant Pope
"A must-see show!"
- The New York Times
From Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (All the Way, The Kentucky Cycle, Hacksaw Ridge), comes the incendiary political thriller that is captivating audiences across the country.
"A mesmerizing and shocking new play that simmers with of-the-moment urgency."
- The Hollywood Reporter
Written in “a white heat” fury following the November 2016 election, Schenkkan’s Building the Wall imagines a dystopia impacted by President Trump’s border and immigration policies. It’s the near future and millions of undocumented immigrants have been detained in overflowing prisons. Now, a writer interrogates the director of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how, when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.
The regional premiere, directed by Brant Pope, showcases a professional cast, including Franchelle Stewart Dorn as “Gloria” and David Sitler as “Rick.”
The running time for Building the Wall is approximately 90 minutes. There is no intermission.
The play includes adult language and mature content and may be inappropriate for age 13 and under.
Preview: August 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening: August 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Performances: September 1-3, 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. and September 2-3, 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Community Engagement Events: September 7
Patrons are invited to a post-performance conversation with playwright Robert Schenkkan and director Brant Pope immediately following the Thursday, September 7 7:30 p.m. performance in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre.
In addition, a series of panels will be held in conjunction with Building the Wall and its topics for the university community and public on Thursday, September 7. Attendance is free and does not require a reservation. A list of speakers and panel information, inclduing a schedule, will be announced in early August.
The University requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors to pay for parking on campus. For guests attending Building the Wall, discounted parking can be purchased online at https://utcofaparking.clickandpark.com/venue. Discount parking via Click and Park is available for purchase until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.
In the News: Building the Wall
A resource for media and patrons, In the News features recent publications, reviews and interviews regarding Building the Wall and Robert Schenkkan.