The play is a series of vignettes presented in the form of a three-ring circus. One story tells of Piotr, a Nazi soldier, who finds a dark-skinned boy who has never seen snow before, outside of his compound. Another vignette is about Omar, leader of a band of Janjaweed militias on a genocide mission, and how he falls in love with a woman from Darfur that he is supposed to kill. Leading the circus-like atmosphere is the character of the Master of Ceremonies, who is offset by an anxious, lawsuit-minded esoteric. At times the stories are independent of each other and at other times they overlap, but the combined vignettes address the issues of war, hate, racism, genocide and love, according to Keith Hight, CSM’s technical director.
CSM’s cast includes Kenny Waters of Waldorf as the Master of Ceremonies, Anna Bonnet of White Plains as the Esoteric, and Kahriq Salil of Waldorf as Omar. Other cast members include Rami Essa of Waldorf as Sola, Felicia Spruill of White Plains as Diana, the Nazis chorus and the Janjaweed ensemble.
This production is presented as part of the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. Performances will be 11 a.m., July 10; 6:30 p.m., July 16; 10 p.m., July 21; 8:30 p.m., July 23; and 1 p.m. July 25 at the Studio Theatre-Mead Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets will be available beginning June 21 at $15. For information contact Capital Fringe Festival, 202-737-7230 or www.capfringe.org.
Billy Thiedeman, left, and Matthew Jameson of Waldorf star in CSM’s production of “Darfur: The Greatest Show on Earth.” Thiedeman, a shady arms dealer, instructs new employee played by Jameson on the art of the sale. This production is presented as a part of the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival with CSM’s show dates of 11 a.m., July 10; 6:30 p.m., July 16, 10 p.m., July 21; 8:30 p.m., July 23 and 1 p.m. July 25 at the Studio Theatre-Mead Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. $15. 866-811-4111 or www.capfringe.org.