The Road to Damascus OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 17, 2015
    Closing:
    March 1, 2015

    Theater: 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    America is under threat as full-scale civil war rages in Syria. A bomb has exploded in Manhattan and all roads lead to Damascus. The President must act. A peace-seeking, African Pope is elected to the Vatican and an Evangelical third-party President is in power in the US. With nuclear war looming, will the new Pope intervene directly in American foreign policy in Syria or will he accede to the demands of Washington? Riddled with international intrigue, Tom Dulack's astonishingly prescient play imagines a world ripped from today's headlines.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Road to Damascus

    Front Seat to an Escalating Global Conflict

    Ken Jaworowski

    January 29, 2015: The “not so distant future” looks a lot like the recent past in The Road to Damascus, a serious and mostly satisfying new political thriller at 59E59 Theaters. In the play, terrorist attacks have set the government scrambling to find the culprit. “The president can’t afford to look like a wimp,” says Dexter Hobhouse, an American diplomat. By following flawed intelligence or ignoring crucial reports, the president has fixed his sights on Syria, which is mired in civil war and may or may not be funding an Islamic faction said to be responsible for the attacks. To prevent an American invasion of Syria, Pope Augustine — a black cardinal newly elected from Africa — has resolved to travel to Damascus as a human shield. Hobhouse is dispatched to Rome to prevent that, or at least to stall the pope long enough for a military assault to commence.

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