"A MUST-SEE SHOW! PERFECTLY CAST.”- The New York Times
“URGENT AND POWERFUL THEATER.”- The Hollywood Reporter
“A SCORCHER OF A PLAY WITH GRIPPING STORYTELLING!”- Variety
“RIVETING! THE FINAL MOMENTS ARE UNFORGETTABLE.”- The Wrap
“INTIMATE, ABSORBING AND UNAPOLOGETIC.”- AM New York

“TERRIFYINGLY PLAUSIBLE DYSTOPIAN FICTION.
IT IMAGINES THE UNIMAGINABLE AND SHOULD BE SEEN!”
– Los Angeles Times

BUILDING THE WALL played its final performance on June 4.

From America’s most acclaimed political playwright, Pulitzer and Tony® winner Robert Schenkkan (All The Way, Hacksaw Ridge – Academy Award® nom.), comes a provocative 80-minute theatrical event written in a white-hot fury. In a time when shocking campaign rhetoric turns into real policies, BUILDING THE WALL urgently reveals the power of theater to question who we are and where we might be going. Don’t miss the show The Hollywood Reporter calls, “A mesmerizing and shocking new play that simmers with of-the-moment urgency.”

JAMES BADGE DALE

TAMARA TUNIE

JAMES BADGE DALE

(Rick)

TAMARA TUNIE

(Gloria)

ROBERT SCHENKKAN

(PLAYWRIGHT)

ARI EDELSON

(DIRECTOR)

JAMES BADGE DALE

Rick

James Badge Dale, one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, has built an impressive resume playing a variety of roles that show off his remarkable range as an actor.

Within the past year he filmed four films: Joseph Kosinski’s “GRANITE MOUNTAIN” based on the true story of the dedicated firefighters who fought the Yarnell Hill fire in 2013, the lead role in Fox Studios’ adaptation of Boom comic book “THE EMPTY MAN”, the Netflix “HOLD THE DARK” opposite Jeffrey Wright and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and, lastly, “LITTE WOODS” developed at the Sundance Labs by young director Nia DaCosta starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James.

He was also seen in two pictures based on true stories; Paramount’s “THIRTEEN HOURS” directed by Michael Bay and Sony Pictures’ “THE WALK” directed by Robert Zemeckis in which he played the flamboyant French character, ‘Jean-Pierre’ and friend of high wire artist, ‘Phillippe Petit’.

“THE WALK” was the second time he worked with Zemeckis with the first being Paramount’s “FLIGHT” with Denzel Washington in which he transformed himself losing 20 lbs to play a cancer victim.  He also worked twice with his friend, Joe Carnahan; first in “THE GREY” opposite Liam Neeson and then again in the Netflix action-comedy release “STRETCH”.

Highly recognized for terrorizing Robert Downey, Jr.  in Shane Black’s “IRONMAN 3” in which he played  the infamous Villain “Eric Savin”, to fighting zombies with Brad Pitt In Marc Forster’s “WORLD WAR Z”, and then for transporting back to 1869 in Bruckheimer/Disney’s “THE LONE RANGER” directed by Gore Verbinski.

In Peter Landesman’s “PARKLAND” he received rave reviews for playing Robert Oswald, brother to Lee Harvey and impressed in Steve McQueen’s “SHAME” opposite Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, as a police officer in Martin Scorcese’s “DEPARTED” and as politician ‘William Hamilton’ in Robert Redford’s “THE CONSPIRATOR”.

His most recognized role in television was his lead performance as ‘Robert Leckie’ in the Emmy and Peabody awarded HBO’s epic miniseries “THE PACIFIC”, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman. Dale starred in AMC’s critically acclaimed series “RUBICON” and is also remembered as ‘Chase Edmunds’, Kiefer Sutherland’s younger partner in the hit television series “24”.

Dale is the son of late Broadway, film and television star Anita Morris and two-time Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer, Grover Dale. He followed his parents onto the stage making his Off Broadway debut in 2003 with The Flea Theatre Company.  Between film and television work, he has returned to the New York stage to work with The New Group, New World Stages, and starred in the MCC Theatre’s New York Premiere of John Pollono’s celebrated “Small Engine Repair,” directed by the highly respected Jo Bonney.

TAMARA TUNIE

Gloria

TAMARA TUNIE most recently starred in Barrington Stage Company’s World Premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son (winner of the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for Best New Play of 2016). Tunie was awarded the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor – Large Theatre for her performance.  Early 2016, she starred as Marvelous Chinyaramwira in Familiar, for which she earned an Obie Award.  For two seasons, she starred on Sundance TV original series The Red Road and is best known for her role as Medical Examiner Melinda Warner for 16 seasons on the NBC drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.  Other TV credits: Blue Bloods, Better Call Saul, Alpha House, Billions, Days of Our Lives, Survivor’s Remorse, Elementary, Zoo, Chicago Fire, 24, As the World Turns.  Film credits: Flight, The Devil’s Advocate, City Hall, See You in September, The Caveman’s Valentine.  Broadway producer of productions Magic/Bird, August Wilson’s Radio Golf (2007 TONY and Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play), and Spring Awakening (winner of the 2007 TONY Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical).

JAMES BADGE DALE

Rick

James Badge Dale, one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, has built an impressive resume playing a variety of roles that show off his remarkable range as an actor.

Within the past year he filmed four films: Joseph Kosinski’s “GRANITE MOUNTAIN” based on the true story of the dedicated firefighters who fought the Yarnell Hill fire in 2013, the lead role in Fox Studios’ adaptation of Boom comic book “THE EMPTY MAN”, the Netflix “HOLD THE DARK” opposite Jeffrey Wright and directed by Jeremy Saulnier and, lastly, “LITTE WOODS” developed at the Sundance Labs by young director Nia DaCosta starring Tessa Thompson and Lily James.

He was also seen in two pictures based on true stories; Paramount’s “THIRTEEN HOURS” directed by Michael Bay and Sony Pictures’ “THE WALK” directed by Robert Zemeckis in which he played the flamboyant French character, ‘Jean-Pierre’ and friend of high wire artist, ‘Phillippe Petit’.

“THE WALK” was the second time he worked with Zemeckis with the first being Paramount’s “FLIGHT” with Denzel Washington in which he transformed himself losing 20 lbs to play a cancer victim.  He also worked twice with his friend, Joe Carnahan; first in “THE GREY” opposite Liam Neeson and then again in the Netflix action-comedy release “STRETCH”.

Highly recognized for terrorizing Robert Downey, Jr.  in Shane Black’s “IRONMAN 3” in which he played  the infamous Villain “Eric Savin”, to fighting zombies with Brad Pitt In Marc Forster’s “WORLD WAR Z”, and then for transporting back to 1869 in Bruckheimer/Disney’s “THE LONE RANGER” directed by Gore Verbinski.

In Peter Landesman’s “PARKLAND” he received rave reviews for playing Robert Oswald, brother to Lee Harvey and impressed in Steve McQueen’s “SHAME” opposite Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, as a police officer in Martin Scorcese’s “DEPARTED” and as politician ‘William Hamilton’ in Robert Redford’s “THE CONSPIRATOR”.

His most recognized role in television was his lead performance as ‘Robert Leckie’ in the Emmy and Peabody awarded HBO’s epic miniseries “THE PACIFIC”, executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman. Dale starred in AMC’s critically acclaimed series “RUBICON” and is also remembered as ‘Chase Edmunds’, Kiefer Sutherland’s younger partner in the hit television series “24”.

Dale is the son of late Broadway, film and television star Anita Morris and two-time Tony Award-winning Director/Choreographer, Grover Dale. He followed his parents onto the stage making his Off Broadway debut in 2003 with The Flea Theatre Company.  Between film and television work, he has returned to the New York stage to work with The New Group, New World Stages, and starred in the MCC Theatre’s New York Premiere of John Pollono’s celebrated “Small Engine Repair,” directed by the highly respected Jo Bonney.

TAMARA TUNIE

Gloria

TAMARA TUNIE most recently starred in Barrington Stage Company’s World Premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son (winner of the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for Best New Play of 2016). Tunie was awarded the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor – Large Theatre for her performance.  Early 2016, she starred as Marvelous Chinyaramwira in Familiar, for which she earned an Obie Award.  For two seasons, she starred on Sundance TV original series The Red Road and is best known for her role as Medical Examiner Melinda Warner for 16 seasons on the NBC drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.  Other TV credits: Blue Bloods, Better Call Saul, Alpha House, Billions, Days of Our Lives, Survivor’s Remorse, Elementary, Zoo, Chicago Fire, 24, As the World Turns.  Film credits: Flight, The Devil’s Advocate, City Hall, See You in September, The Caveman’s Valentine.  Broadway producer of productions Magic/Bird, August Wilson’s Radio Golf (2007 TONY and Drama Desk Award Nominee for Best Play), and Spring Awakening (winner of the 2007 TONY Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical).

ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PLAYWRIGHT

In 2014, All The Way, Part One of his “LBJ Plays,” won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League, Kennedy Prize, and the ATCA/Steinberg Awards for Best Play and broke two Broadway box office records. Robert has since adapted All The Way as a feature film for HBO, produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Bryan Cranston. Robert’s previous Broadway experience was the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, The Kentucky Cycle, which also won the LA Drama Critics Award, and was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk, and the Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. Other plays include Hanussen (2017 Denver Summit Theater Festival), Shadowplay, Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates, By the Rivers of Babylon, Handler, The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune, Heaven on EarthTachinoki, Final Passages, The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Dream Thief, A Single Shard, and The Great Society, Part Two of the LBJ Plays, anticipated in New York in 2018. His musical, The Twelve, had its world premiere in Denver in 2015 andwon the Henry Award for Best New Play/Musical. Films: Hacksaw Ridge (2016. Nominated for 6 Academy Awards); The Quiet American. Television: Robert was nominated for two Emmys and won a WGA Award for his work on the HBO/Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg miniseries, The Pacific. Other television work includes: The Andromeda StrainCrazy Horse, and Spartacus.

ARI EDELSON

DIRECTOR

Ari Edelson is a director and producer who has worked both in the US and internationally, with recent credits including: Little Black Dress (Boston Playwrights, Eliot Norton Award), Mauritius (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Scariest (Theatres at 45 Bleecker),Vengeance (Cherry Lane), Expats (The New Group, NY), Jump! and Realism (The Exchange, NY), The Attic (Play Company, NY, Obie Award), The Atheist (Theatre 503, London), Blood WeddingWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Theatre Project Tokyo), True West and Tape (Tokyo Globe), Rape of Lucretia (English National Opera, London and Luxembourg). He has been on the artistic staff of London’s Old Vic Theater, The English National Opera, and Theatre Project Tokyo, and worked with companies such as La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf, the Old Vic, Circle in the Square, the Royal National Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Vineyard, The New Group and the Westport Country Playhouse. Ari is currently the Artistic Director of the Off-Broadway theatre company The Exchange, which produces new work in New York and runs the internationally renowned Orchard Project development center. He has been a guest director on attachment at New Dramatists, The National Theatre Studio, a Directing Fellow of the Drama League of New York, and has taught at Northwestern University, Fordham University and in Japan.

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Building the Wall was first produced as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by Fountain Theatre (CA), Curious Theatre Company (CO), Forum Theatre (DC), Borderlands Theater (AZ), and City Theatre (FL) with support from Paul Prokop. For more information please visit nnpn.org.

In addition to the New York Premiere, BUILDING THE WALL is captivating the world with local theater productions across the globe. Find out more below.
Los Angeles
CA
Fountain Theatre
March 15 – June 18, 2017
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Denver
CO
Curious Theatre
April 4 – April 19, 2017
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Portland
OR
Triangle Productions
April 20 – April 29, 2017
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D.C. Metro
DC
Forum Theatre
Arena: April 27 – May 7 | Forum: May 18 – 27, 2017
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Santa Clara
CA
Santa Clara University
May 16 – May 16, 2017
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Santa Fe
NM
Adobe Rose Theatre
June 15 – July 2, 2017
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Northampton
MA
Northampton Academy of Music, Inc.
September 21 – September 24, 2017
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Miami
FL
City Theatre
September 20 – October 8, 2017
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Tucson
AZ
Borderlands Theater
September – October, 2017
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Ottawa
ON
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre
November 28 – December 9, 2017
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London
UK
Bush Theatre
May 30
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10% of every regular-priced ticket to BUILDING THE WALL will be contributed to the following organizations:

American Friends Service Committee’s Immigrant Rights Program

Founded in 1917, the American Friends Service Committee’s mission is to promote lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Since the 1990’s, AFSC’s Immigrant Rights Program has worked in New Jersey with a goal of achieving policies that respect the rights and dignity of all immigrants, including a fair and humane national immigration policy. The Immigrant Rights Program’s successful integration of legal services, advocacy and organizing has made a dramatic difference in the lives of immigrants in New Jersey and beyond by ensuring that immigrant voices are heard in policy debates, by assisting immigrants with challenging immigration cases, and by changing the narrative about immigration issues to influence policy.  They offer legal services to immigrants who are in detention, facing deportation, seeking to reunite with families, or in need of protection. Their staff organizes in immigrant communities, training emerging leaders and ensuring that those people most affected by immigration policy are advocates for change.  The Immigrant Rights Program offers informational presentations and works with the media to educate communities about the system of detention and deportation that shatters families.  For more information, visit: www.afsc.org

Define American

Define American is the nation’s leading non-profit media advocacy organization that uses storytelling to shift and humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in a changing America. We believe that in order to change the politics of immigration, we must change the culture in which people see immigrants, documented and undocumented.  For more information, please visit: www.defineamerican.com

Immigrant Defense Project

Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) fights for the human rights of immigrants in the criminal legal and immigration systems. Founded in response to the draconian 1996 U.S. immigration laws, our work focuses on ending the current era of unprecedented mass deportation by transforming these two unjust systems at multiple points. We use impact litigation and advocacy to challenge unfair laws and policies, and media and communications to counter the pervasive demonization of immigrants. Through expert legal advice, training, and resources for immigrants, legal defenders, and grassroots organizations across the country, we support those on the frontlines fighting for justice for immigrants and all of us. More information is available at IDP’s website: www.immdefense.org

New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities. For more information, visit:www.nyic.org