“Now then, we’ve done the questions, we’ve done the shooting. The ugly stuff. Well, probably not all of it.”

Inspired by (and, in part, adapted from) the 2014 U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, This Is Torture presents a CIA interrogator on the other side of the table, answering to the voice of an investigative committee. The piece incorporates direct quotes and contextual details from the official senate report to both shed light on a particularly dark and disturbingly recent corner of US-American international activity and to involve the audience in an exploration of guilt, atonement and the unnerving instability of a banal evil. A look at the means, from beginning to the ends.

Performance
  • Thurs, June 4 | 9:45pmMain Stage

Written by Mari Vial-Golden and Josef Mehling | Directed by Mari Vial-Golden | Performed by Josef Mehling | Production and Design by Mickey Cappar