The US has elected a third-party candidate to be President. The College of Cardinals have chosen an African bishop as the Pope.
On the other hand, the more things change, the more they remain the same: There is trouble in the Middle East, and the US wishes to intervene.
In The Road to Damascus, at 59E59 Theaters through March 1st, Tom Dulack envisions a not too distant future with some promise for better outcomes, despite terror attacks in Miami and New York.
The NSA, in the person of Bree Benson (Liza Vann), is determined to retaliate for the bombings. In an effort to control the situation, the State Department’s Ted Bowles (Joseph Adams) assigns his underling Dexter Hobhouse (Rufus Collins) to meet with the Pope (Mel Johnson Jr.) Hobhouse has connections, well really a connection in the Vatican.
Can Pope Augustine avert the conflagration that threatens in Syria? Will diplomacy or brinksmanship prevail? The Pope believes he has a secret weapon in Nadia Kirilenko (Larisa Polonsky,) a reporter for PanArabia TV and a friend from his days in the Congo Will his staff, Bishop Roberto Guzman (Joris Stuyck) and the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Medeiros (Robert Verlaque) be supportive of Augustine’s plans?
Under Michael Parva’s well-paced direction, The Road to Damascus is both intriguing and realistic. Tom Dulack’s play offers arresting insights into world affairs, while maintaining its dramatic integrity.
The Road to Damascus is touching, funny, tragic and poignant. The acting is excellent wih Mel Johnson Jr, Joris Stuyck and Larisa Polonsky standing out in this outstanding ensemble.
The Road to Damascus is produced by the Directors Company and presented as part of the Inaugural 5A Season of “groundbreaking new works” at 59E59 Theaters.
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