Wednesday, February 22, 2017

John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Defiance’ at The Summit Playhouse


The Summit Playhouse will present the powerful drama “Defiance” by acclaimed Pulitzer and Tony award-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley.  Performances will be February 24, 25 and March 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8 pm and matinee performances February 26 and March 5 at 2 pm.

"Defiance," from the author of "Doubt" and "Outside Mullingar," is set on a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina in 1971. Two officers, one black and one white, are on a collision course over race, women and the high cost of doing the right thing. This riveting, surprising work is about power, love and responsibility—who has it, who wants it and who deserves it.​

"'Doubt' was about the birth of uncertainty in a person of faith set in a church school John Patrick Shanley attended in the '60s," said director Frank Licato. "Shortly thereafter, the country went through a cultural earthquake. The authority of most of our institutions was called into question, and a powerful cynicism took hold. In short, "Doubt" turned into "Defiance," which is his second play about American hierarchy.  For Shanley, having doubt is an important and valuable exercise, a hallmark of wisdom. Defiance is also a necessary step in the life of an individual and in the life of a nation."

Dale MonroeThe cast of “Defiance” includes Dale Monroe of Morristown (photo), Peter Horn of Plainfield, B.K. Dawson of Hoboken, Frank Blauer of Weehawken, Kathleen Campbell of Far Hills, and Donald Calliste of Bronx, NY.
Tickets are $20 for adults/$15 for students and can be purchased online at Brown Paper 

The Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Ave., Summit, NJ can be found online at or via phone 908-273-2192.

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