Perfect Mendacity by Jason Wells
September 19 - October 13, 2013
Directed by David Cecsarini
A Milwaukee Premiere
Walter Kreutzer is learning to lie. Or more precisely, he's being coached to beat the polygraph. His employer believes he has leaked a damaging memo to the press, and the corporate powers demand the test. Meanwhile, Walter's best friend spies on him, his wife opens up old wounds, and the polygraph consultant dredges up his darkest secrets. The only thing that could stop Walter's desperate spiral to destruction just might be - the TRUTH.
Please join us Sunday, October 6, at 4:30 pm for The Exchange, a stimulating discussion examining the many civil liberties issues surrounding PERFECT MENDACITY. Community panelists include Brenda Lewison (National Lawyers Guild member), Sarah Karon (Communications Director, ACLU of Wisconsin), and Athan Theoharis (Board President, ACLU of Wisconsin).
Finger sandwiches, appetizers and the cash bar will be available in the lobby at 4 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Brenda Lewison (BA, UW-Madison, 1981; JD, UW-Madison, 1995) became an associate with the Law Office of Arthur Heitzer in April 2006. She ran her own practice from 1995-2005 and was associated with a different firm in the interim. Lewison has primarily worked representing individuals in employment discrimination cases and other employment-related matters. Lewison is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the National Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association. She helped found and served on the first coordinator for the Washington Heights Rainbow Association. She helped found and served on the first Board of Directors for the Human Rights League Political Action Committee (now part of Fair Wisconsin PAC).
Sarah Karon is an investigative reporter and wrote the op-ed for the current issue of our newsletter. She will be able to speak about the ACLU policies and relevant reports. Sarah holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.F.A. in English from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a B.A. in American Studies from Scripps College. Previously, she worked as a reporter for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, where she received a Gold Prize for Best Background, Analytical or Interpretive Story from the Milwaukee Press Club. Her work has appeared in newspapers throughout Wisconsin and she has written for San Francisco magazine, 77 Square, Isthmus, Madison Magazine, Wisconsin Public Television and other media outlets.
Athan Theoharis is an American historian, professor of history emeritus at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As well as his extensive teaching career, he is noteworthy as an expert on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover, and U.S. intelligence agencies, having written and edited a large number of books on these and related subjects. More information about Athan may be found here.
"...a winning blend of absurdist humor, paranoia and drama..."
"...so very much more, and so very personal."
"...the actors do a marvelous job of bringing a complex reality to the sweeping personal and political topics."
This production is co-sponsored by Larry & Patty Compton and Gordana & Milan Racic.