In Osama the Hero, opening this weekend at Cleveland Public Theatre, a small factory town has had enough of the violence thats plagued the neighborhood lately. So a local vigilante group pins the terrorist acts (which consist mostly of exploding garages) on a teenage boy who championed Osama bin Laden at his high school.
British playwright Dennis Kellys work obviously includes political overtones, but it doesnt exactly point accusatory fingers at President Bush or even at the war in Iraq. Its more a personal story about a boy, his alcoholic mother, and a terrified town dealing with things blowing up around them, says director Raymond Bobgan. [Theres a] primal drive to feel safe and the compassionate drive to do something, he says.
Bobgan changed parts of Osamas script (with the writers approval) to make it more relevant to U.S. audiences and a little less political. But in the end, the play asks viewers to make their own decisions about fear and sense of place. Says Bobgan: The characters will lead the audience to the gaping [political] questions. www.cptonline.org for more information.
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