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"What I Heard About Iraq:" Play Tells Human Story of War in Iraq

Portland peace and theatre activists have teamed up to produce a staged reading of the dazzling, damning play "What I Heard About Iraq," by Simon Levy. The NY Times says "The play is less a drama than an indictment, an exercise in controlled outrage... the audiences' anger flashes back through its applause at the end." The June 8th Portland production raises money to take the play to area high schools in the fall.
"In 1992 I heard Dick Cheney, then Secretary of Defense, say that the US had been wise not to invade Baghdad and get "bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq. The question in my mind is: How many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is: Not very damned many." In March 16, 2003 I heard the Vice President say that the war would be over in "weeks rather than months." And it was just a matter of time before Starbuck's and McDonald's opened branches in Baghdad."

Who said what, and when? What did it mean then, and what does it mean now? How did things change along the way, to get us to where we are now? What is the real story of the war in Iraq?

Simon Levy's critically-acclaimed play, "What I Heard About Iraq," offers more than just dates, times and rhetoric in response to those questions. Through direct quotes from politicians, military chiefs, soldiers, and Iraqi citizens, Levy tells the human story behind the war and invites us to consider the facts, explore the meanings, and join the dialogue.

After a successful run in March of 2007, Readers Theatre Repertory and Portland peace activists bring the play back to Portland on Friday, June 8th. Following the show, audience members are invited to join a panel of community leaders for "What You Can Do About What You Heard," a moderated discussion of potential political, humanitarian, ecological and spiritual responses to the war in Iraq. Admission is $5-$20, with no one turned away, and proceeds from the show will support efforts to bring the play into high schools in the fall of 2007.

Learn more, buy tickets, pass on the word: www.whatiheard.org

WHO: Readers Theatre Repertory & Portland peace activists

WHAT: "What I Heard About Iraq" and "What You Can Do About What You Heard"

WHEN: Friday, June 8, 2007 8.PM

WHERE: First Unitarian Church, 1211 SW Main Street, Portland 97205

HOW MUCH: Sliding scale $5 - $20, with no one turned away

TICKETS: 503.788.5366, info@whatiheard.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.whatiheard.org
phone: phone: 503.788.5366