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Massive Ordnance Air Blast
Start Date: 1/18/2020Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 1/18/2020End Time: 8:00 PM
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Event Description:
A New Play Workshop

The University of Arkansas Theatre Department presents a staged reading of MASSIVE ORDNANCE AIR BLAST, a new play by Sarah Loucks, based on a story by Sarah Loucks and Matthew Spain, directed by Jared J. Stein. The evening will begin with a staged reading of Fernando Arrabal’s short play, Picnic on the Battlefield, an absurdist comedy examining the consequences of modern war. Following Picnic on the Battlefield will be a lecture on the European avant garde by guest artist Jared Stein.

Fukowski is getting a divorce. Bailey has a new girlfriend. Mohamed is going to Disney world. Mills just wants to sleep. MASSIVE ORDNANCE AIR BLAST is a play about the largest non-nuclear bomb in the American military’s arsenal and four soldiers sent to watch it explode. As they wait for the bomb to fall, they fantasize about going home, but not everyone is going back to the same home they left behind. MASSIVE ORDNANCE AIR BLAST explores the relationship between violence, class, and the military industrial complex through the context of the GBU-43/B MOAB, which was dropped over the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan in April of 2017. This new play asks: What does it mean for soldiers to go home when home feels just as foreign as the country they’re fighting against?

ADVISORY/WARNING: This play-in-progress explores themes of war and brutality. It contains derogatory language and violence. 18+ only.

Written by Sarah Loucks
Story by Sarah Loucks and Matthew Spain
Directed by Jared J. Stein

5:00pm Staged reading of Picnic on the Battlefield
5:30-6:30pm Lecture on the European avant garde
6:30-7:30pm Dinner break
7:30pm Staged reading of Massive Ordnance Air Blast

Global Theater at the UA Black Box Theater at Global Campus Building. (2 East Center Street)
Location Information:
Off Campus - Global Campus  (View Map)
2 East Center St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Off Campus - Global Campus  (View Map)
2 East Center St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Room: 2 E. Center St., Fayetteville
Contact Information:
Name: Sarah Loucks
Phone: 515-520-7632
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