by Crystal Skillman
directed by Kareem Fahmy**
featuring Latoya Cameron*, Meredith Casey, Latoya Edwards*, Alex Esola*, Layla Khoshnoudi*, Meghan Kreidler*, Maggie Metnick*
Joy, an active member of the filmmaking collective Pulp Vérité, is captured and held overseas for four years. After being released from captivity, she returns to the United States to reunite with her friends and restart her life. But when the group realizes Joy has gathered them together for the impossible—to bring her sister who is still a captive with ISIS home—their strength as a collective, youthful ideology and commitment to the cause are shaken to the core.
Five years ago, I began writing a series of pieces that examined activism in the U.S. Pulp Vérité came to me as a parable that uses my training as a photographer to tell this story. With all we are politically facing in this country—the earned criticism of our place in the world internationally—Pulp Vérité is a race against time. This play unfolds and unravels in startling ways. I hope it is a call to action.
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Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series. The Ruth Easton New Play Series is made possible by the support of the Ruth Easton Fund of the Edelstein Family Foundation.
**Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
*Member of Actors' Equity Association