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The inSecurity Blanket

National Security vs. Individual Freedom

Presented March 6 — 30, 2008

Are your rights covered or smothered?
The second edition of Remy Bumppo’s thinkTank explores the tension between national security and individual freedom. thinkTank features dramatic works with a focus on provoking timely conversation about a social, political or economic issue in which Chicago citizens have a stake.

This year, thinkTank was staged as a festival with three theatre companies and a solo performer contributing a mix of classic and new work.

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Remy Bumppo presents

One for the Road

by Harold Pinter

Directed by Edward Sobel

Three members of a family are detained unjustly and interrogated by a mysterious government official. Starring Donald Brearley, Jennifer Coombs, Joe Dempsey, and Matthew Levy


by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Edward Sobel

Catastrophe explores absolute power in a theater, in which an autocratic director attempts to wield complete control over his actor. Starring Donald Brearley, Jennifer Coombs, and Joe Dempsey

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Rasaka Theatre Company

Two Sides of Suicide

by Gitanjali Kapila

Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

A South Asian activist lawyer and her brother debate the wisdom of her decision to dress up as a suicide bomber on Halloween. Starring Danny Bernardo and Fawzia Mirza

Terror Act

by Cassandra Lewis

Directed by Lavina Jadhwani

An actor is detained in an airport and interrogated about his role in a film that questions detainment practices at Guantanamo. Starring Anita Chandwaney and Andy Nagraj

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Teatro Vista

Freedom, NY

by Jennifer Barclay

Directed by Joe Minoso

An allegory of Mexican and American border relations in which the residents of a small town must weigh the worth of confining themselves to their side of the fence. Starring Desmin Borges, Rae Gray, and Rosemary Newton

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Usman Ally presents:

Public Enemy

Written and performed by Usman Ally

Solo performer Usman Ally uses slam poetry, dance, beat boxing and music to tell the story of one young man living his life in today's America - as a Muslim, Pakistani and Hip Hop Head.

Remy Bumppo’s thinkTank 08 was sponsoredin part by the McCormick Tribune Foundation.