Whitney Pastorek
October 29, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
08/26/04
author
Victoria Brittain, Gillian Slovo

We gave it an A-

It’s said that history is written by the victors; through the excruciatingly hopeless words of actual ”enemy combatants” detained without trial in an American-run prison in Cuba, the British creators of this show promise, ”History will not be neutered.” As the 12 cast members passionately inhabit real-life characters — an Iraqi national who lived in the U.K.; an English-born Muslim who was setting up a water-purification plant in Afghanistan; the desperate relatives of the captured; even Donald Rumsfeld — Guantànamo implicates the audience in the crime of indifference to a growing atrocity: the denial of basic human rights to prisoners of an international war. It’s not comfortable, but it’s powerful as hell.

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