Building The Wall

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    National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere


    Building the Wall

    written by ROBERT SCHENKKAN
    directed by MICHAEL DOVE

    The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Building the Wall is the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way), and will be directed by Michael DoveBuilding the Wall imagines a very near future where President Trump’s anti-immigration campaign rhetoric is turned into harrowing reality. Millions of undocumented immigrants are rounded up and detained, overflowing private prisons and incarceration camps. Now, a historian interviews the supervisor 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.



    BUILDING THE WALL is produced at FORUM THEATRE as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are FOUNTAIN THEATRE (LOS ANGELES, CA); CURIOUS THEATRE COMPANY (DENVER, CO); BORDERLANDS THEATER (TUCSON, AZ) and CITY THEATRE (MIAMI, FL). For more information please visit


    Wednesday, May 3: Talk Tank - Civil Liberties and Immigration

    • Tom Jawetz, Vice President, Immigration, Center for American Progress Action Fund
    • Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
    • Jen Smyers, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service
    • Michael Feldman, Principal, Transitions International (moderator)

    Friday, May 19: Talk Tank - Media and Public Accountability

    Explore how the arts, media, and advocacy groups can play a role in humanizing all members of society by shifting public discourse.

    • Ajmel Quereshi, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Board Member, ACLU of Maryland
    • Jamie Stiehm, Creators Syndicated Columnist; Opinion Contributor, US News & World Report
    • Michael Feldman, Principal, Transitions International (moderator)
    Meet the Artists behind Building the Wall
    ROBERT SCHENKKAN (Playwright) Pulitzer Prize, Tony, and WGA Award winner, three-time Emmy nominated writer. Author of  Fifteen plays:  All the Way, The Great Society, Shadowplay, By the Waters of Babylon, Handler, A Single Shard, Devil and Daniel Webster, Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates, Final Passages, The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune, Heaven on Earth, Tachinoki, The Dream Thief, and The Kentucky Cycle (Pulitzer prize, Tony and Drama Desk nominations), a collection of one-acts, Conversations with the Spanish Lady, and a musical, The Twelve, winner of the 2015 Henry Award. The 2014 Bway production of All The Way swept the Awards season winning the Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League, and TONY@ Awards, and set two box office records. His adaptation for HBO, with Steven Spielberg producing, directed by Jay Roach, was nominated for eight Emmys and the Humanitas Award. The sequel, The Great Society, will come to NYC in 2018. Films: Hacksaw Ridge (six Oscar nominations). The Quiet American.  TV: The Pacific (HBO miniseries – WGA Award, two Emmy and Humanitas Award nominations), The Andromeda Strain, Crazy Horse, Spartacus. Currently, Robert is writing a new play, Hanussen, about the leading headliner of the Weimar Republic, and a movie about the Manhattan Project for Robert Redford, and another film about the Klan for Joseph Gordon Levitt and Netflix.
    Tracey Conyer Lee (Gloria): A New York artist, Ms. Lee returns to DC where she began the Remarkably Normal tour for The 1 in 3 Campaign last year. She just completed her third production as Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill. Other credits include original Off Broadway casts of Bedbugs!!! It's a Musical, Sistas, Lords Resistance, an Off-Off run of her solo play Standing Up: Bathroom Talk & Other Stuff We Learn From Dad, national and international tours, Yale Rep, Baltimore Centerstage, Denver Theatre Center, Westport Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, St. Louis Rep, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Cincinnati Playhouse, Interact, TheatreWorks, Cleveland Playhouse, Detroit Public Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage, Florida Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Syracuse Stage, TFTT Boston, and many others. You can find her on episode 7 of this (second) season of Hulu's “The Path” as well as in reruns of many other NY shot shows.
    Eric Messner (Rick): Eric has been acting in the DC area for several years now. Past Forum appearance was as Jacques Roux in Marat/Sade. Other area appearances are Rob Smith in The Book Club Play at Arena Stage, Mike in Wait Until Dark at Everyman Theatre, and Ted in American Hero at Rep Stage. He has toured nationally as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing with the National Players, and internationally as Howard in the Keegan Theatre’s Ireland tour of Death of A Salesman. Television credits: The Wire, The Men Who Built America and Veep. He can also be heard playing Thor and Rocket Raccoon for Marvel Comics audiobooks by Graphic Audio.