Re: Union is a thought-provoking political drama inspired by the real-life story of American Quaker and academic, Norman Morrison who, in protest of Vietnam War set himself on fire below the Pentagon window of Robert McNamara. Morrison's youngest child Emily was at his side.
Building on this piece of American history, Devine fictionalizes a reunion between McNamara and Emily thirty-six years later. In the days following 9/11, Emily plans to carry on her father's legacy by inviting McNamara to witness her act of domestic terror in protest to America's military intervention in Iraq and its new Patriot Act.
Interspersed with flashbacks of Morrison lecturing philosophy students on ethics and morality, the audience witnesses the present-day growth of Emily and McNamara as they move from their narrow, singular points of view to a more nuanced understanding of political activism and institutionalized power.
Re: Union provides an intelligent, emotional debate on the consequences of our actions, or inactions, in a way that remains relevant and fresh for today.
Presented by Canada's Magnetic North Theatre Festival
June 5: 8:00PM
June 6: 2:00PM
June 7: 4:00PM
June 8: 8:00PM
June 9: 8:00PM
Related Free Magnetic Encounters
- Panel Discussion: War & Peace – Saturday June 6 (4 PM) Academic Hall - The High Cost of Complacency. Moderated by Paul Dewar. (in Academic Hall, following the Saturday matinee)
- Quaker Creative Listening Group – Sunday June 7 (6PM) Academic Hall - an inspiring and insightful meditation on the nature of peace and the need for action, followed by a guest talk on Quaker social activism. (in Academic Hall, following the Sunday matinee)
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