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Previews Begin April 6

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The Show

A NY Times Critic Pick in its NYC non-profit run in the fall of 2015, "Baghdaddy" returns to NYC at the St. Luke's Theater on April 6. The NY Times hailed "Baghdaddy" as "an important, cunning rock solid musical comedy with a terrible title." The show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, our other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections and unremitting boredom, when a fax arrives from Germany, and with it a golden opportunity. If the defector's story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It's all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything.

Based on a True Story

A true story based on the Iraqi defector whose false intelligence was passed all the way through the CIA to become the justification for the Iraq War, which continues today. The executive responsible for the debacle, George Tenant, head of the CIA, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor, by President Bush in 2004. The justifications for the war were the original "alternate facts", the success of which have greatly expanded their use in American politics.

No Laughing Matter

Over one million civilians have been killed or seriously wounded, and five million Iraqis have been displaced. Over 5,000 American and allied soldiers have died, tens of thousands have been seriously wounded, and hundreds of thousands of American service men and women suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although our show is a comedy, we must never forget the reality of the war, and those who continue to suffer as a result.

Suggested reading:

Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War by Bob Drogin
Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War by Bob Drogin

 

The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush's America, by Frank Rich
The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush's America, by Frank Rich