The American poet Ezra Pound has been arrested in Italy, in 1945 by U.S. troops. Under the guise of lectures on economics, Pound's war-time radio talks in Italy (84 of them) became diatribes against the Jews and U.S. sentiment is against him. While in prison, Pound taunts his captors, showing of his superior education and skill in language, and is furious when a group of intellectuals around the world encourage a plea of insanity to explain his actions. Pound does befriend one fellow prisoner who is awaiting execution, and only briefly seems to acknowledge the horrors of the Nazi death camps once confronted with the evidence. Pound never recants, and this gifted but misguided man seals his destiny.
Tom Dulack's writing is crisp, economical, riveting. He tells a story that moves quickly yet makes you stop and think about our own times. The story is intense, upsetting, clear and murky. The characters are large personalities that can delight an actor. It is a wonderfully theatrical piece that tells a good story and will leave you thinking. That's good theater.
Characters: 5 men
Scenes/Monologues: The character of Pound has several monologues. There is one monologue for one other character on stage, and two for the offstage character of "Voice."
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