“Don’t Be Evil”
-Company Motto, Google
January 25th – Feb 27th :: Aurora Providence
In this dark comedy about interrogation and innovation, a computer programmer is arrested after the search engine he designs answers “yes” to the question “is the government of the United States evil?” Desperate, he strikes a deal with his captors, agreeing to resign the software in exchange for his freedom. As they work to understand the search engine’s answer and how to change it, both the programmer and his persecutors begin to question their faith, their ability, and whether it is possible to do something good in the service of something evil.
“All I can say right now is the U.S. government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.” -Edward Snowden
“I have met a couple of people in my life who I was convinced possessed a genius,” says Artistic Director Jeff Church, “Bennett Fisher, the author of our workshop play Don’t Be Evil, is one of them. Ben’s play is a highly relevant dark comedy that asks a question that all of us are bound to wrestle with in the next four years, regardless as to where you fall on the political spectrum: is the United States Government evil?
“With shades of some of our favorite writers, Vonnegut, Ionesco, McDonagh, and Havel, Don’t Be Evil bravely asserts a rarely conceived objective truth that is seemingly irrefutable and therefore open to violent attack. I promise that, like most Burbage productions, you’ll leave with a new perspective that is directly applicable to the political and social world we live in.”
Written by Bennett Fisher, directed by Jeff Church
“[Don’t Be Evil] serves as a bit of a morality play mixed in with dark humor…coupled with the absurd-like stylings of Ionesco or Beckett… the play’s strength is its immediacy, a call that forces us to acknowledge what may be hard to acknowledge – that we as a country might have a few, shall I say, character flaws.” –Bay Area Plays
Friday Jan 27 7pm Preview #1
Saturday Jan 28 6pm Preview #2
Friday Feb 3 7pm Pay-What-You-Can
Saturday Feb 4 6pm Opening Night
Friday Feb 10 7pm Performance #1
Saturday Feb 11 6pm Performance #2
Friday Feb 17 7pm Performance #3
Saturday Feb 18 6pm Performance #4
Friday Feb 24 7pm Performance #5
Saturday Feb 25 6pm Performance #6
(PREVIEW PERFORMANCES $10)
GENERAL ADMISSION $20
Rhode Island College STUDENTS $10
For ticket information, please visit www.burbagetheatre.org.
Founded in 2010, Burbage is a 501(c)3 nonprofit theatre organization started by four actors who wanted to take the craft of acting out of the classroom and into their own hands. Burbage operates with the believe that theatre’s continued relevance as a civil institution is best perpetuated by building productions around the collaboration of an expert ensemble of storytellers. It is the actor’s job to activate thought and inner movement in his audience.
In collaboration with Aurora, Burbage’s theatrical residence in downtown Providence, Burbage produces innovative and spare, actor-centric and inherently theatrical plays that speak to the culturally rich and diverse artistic community of Providence RI. Burbage makes theatre accessible and affordable for a new generation of theatre-goer.