Treason a dark, terrifying drama that is a glimpse into a growing trend of far-right domestic terrorism. Coupled with an extremely talented ensemble and poignant writing, this is theatre at its finest.
Written by Eric DePriester
Directed by Lindsay Nyman and Eric DePriester
A Bear Elegance Production
Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre 5636 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5804
Starring Emma Center, Dave Crossland, Ra Hanna, Colby Rummell, and Dalia Vosylius
Music by Eric Cannata and Francois Comtois (of Young the Giant)
Set on a small, unassuming ranch in Nevada, Treason is an intensely provocative, one hour drama that takes a look into the growing threat of a radical nationalist viewpoint more commonly known as sovereign-citizenship, a form of extreme domestic terrorism that is on the rise today primarily in response to today's current geopolitical climate.
This entire play is primarily centered around one family The Wilsons.
Grant Wilson(Dave Crossland) the patriarch and self-appointed military dictator of The Republic of Kaliipoly a bogus nation which was founded entirely by himself, and which whom he believes he and his family claim citizenship and sole allegiance to. When he feels his land and liberty are compromised by his friendly, but firm neighbor Raymond(Ra Hanna) his overzealous son Kyle(Colby Rummell) who have bought in entirely to his vitriol and dangerous propaganda decides to take actions too far.
His wife demurs, but still steadfast in her support for her husband Candice Wilson(Dalia Vosylius) attempts to protect their daughter Savannah(Emma Center ) who seems to be the sole voice of reason and sanity from the families dangerous delusions of grandeur.
At first glance, the entirety of this story feels a bit farfetched right? Who in their right mind would opening declare themselves an enemy and denounce citizenship from the United States of America, well it is much more common The unusual subculture of the "sovereign citizens" movement has been snowballing since the late 2000s.
Sovereigns hold truly eccentric, ignorant, and hypocritical, antigovernment beliefs that are often deeply rooted in racism and anti-semitism. They believe they get to choose which laws to obey and which to conveniently ignore and furthermore individuals such as these think they should have to recognize the authority of the Federal Government, and that today's modern judicial system is a sham.
This is the exact type of crazed lunatic that DePriester has crafted in Wilson Grant, a character for the ages and a new gold stander for onstage villains. He is brought to life by Crossland enormous commitment and talent, all eyes are on him when he takes center stage between his furious windmill type energy and his vicious pittbull like demeanor is a legitimate sense of fear that is crafted by his terrifying performance.
The entire cast should be praised for their acting efforts, very rarely is such chemistry present between a group of four actors together, if you had told me they have been working onstage together for years, I would have believed you.
Overall this is an extremely sharp, skillful written dark comedy, that exposes a genuine and severe rising issue in today's culture. An intimate and really thoughtful and well-executed production from top to bottom. There is so much potential here that I can easily see this story turned into a full production or feature film.
Easily one of the best shows, I have seen on stage in recent history, this is the type of performance that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
It is with certainty I highly recommend checking out this show.
Hollywood Fringe 2019
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