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Smart Sunlight exposes 9/11 controversies
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Smart Sunlight exposes 9/11 controversies

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Sunlight
ArtsWest
Through April 3


Sunlight, by Sharr White, is an incredibly smart, thoroughly well-written play focusing on our modern ethics. How should we reconcile the legal about-face our country took after 9/11, when cadres of government lawyers gave permission for "special interrogations" that were actually illegal acts of torture? ArtsWest is hosting a world premiere of Sunlight, a National New Play Network play, where a pool of several theaters agree to premiere a script so that it has more than one production at its inception.

This intimate play focuses on a small family: a college president, his daughter, and her husband, who was a protégé of the college president and who the president made dean of the law school after the husband's stint as a government lawyer. Now, several years later, the husband is being investigated in his role of finding legal loopholes for torturing captive "enemy combatants." The college president is outraged, his daughter is about to leave her husband, and everything is falling apart.

One outstanding aspect of this script is that it could have been so "talky" since its focus is an academic family. But Sunlight avoids a lot of academic or legal speak, keeping the conversation down-to-earth so that everyone can identify with this family.

The very solid cast includes Peggy Gannon as the daughter Charlotte, who is strong and abrasive, yet damaged in some way. John Ulman plays Vincent, the dean, who feels justified in everything he did as a government lawyer, and baffled that his wife wants to leave him. John Wray plays college president Matthew, who is so outraged by his ex-protégé being linked to permission for torture that he has secretly vandalized the dean's law school office, and is now embroiled in scandal and possibly losing his position.

Karen Nelsen plays Maryanne, the longtime assistant to the college president, who is almost part of the family. Nelsen's tart tongue and beleaguered attitude is a refreshing amusement that punctuates the serious tone of the play. Her presence effectively keeps the play from sinking into maudlin darkness.

The set, by Christopher Zinovitch, is a homey, charming open-floor-plan house, suitable for a college president. All the action takes place in the living room area. Director Vanessa Miller allows actions and emotions to come to a slow boil during the course of the night.

The first act starts with the swirling controversy around the college president being accused of vandalizing the law school. Charlotte and Maryanne (or Midge or Mimi) are trying to cope with the uproar and contain it somehow. The second act is where the men square off over the ethical dilemma. For those who take the position that torture is never justified - a position more people would hold in Seattle than many other places - the justification for Vincent is strong enough so that one might understand his actions, if not condone them. But the play makes good points for each side, allowing us to examine a difficult issue.

In particular, Peggy Gannon's performance as a smart, conflicted, driven, modern woman with a deep tragedy in her recent past is restrained, yet powerful. Since Charlotte has done none of the controversial actions, she becomes the audience, not daring to take sides, yet unable not to. Do send comments on whether your position on the issue changes at all. For more information, go to www.artswest.org or call 206- 938-0339.

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