A DANGEROUS AFFAIR BETWEEN A RECKLESS YOUNG US ARMY PRIVATE AND HIS SUPERIOR GROWS TRULY PERILOUS AS WE COME TO LEARN THE HORRIFYING TRUTH ABOUT ONE OF THESE MEN IN THIS DARK, SEXUALLY-CHARGED, BRUTAL DRAMA SET DURING THE IRAQI WAR.

DON'T ASK

The New York Fringe Festival

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A New Military Thriller by Bill Quigley

Directed by Mark Robinson

 

 FESTIVAL  WINNER:  BEST DIRECTOR 

Don’t Ask is that rare exception... Set against the backdrop of the prisoner abuse scandals in Iraq, Bill Quigley’s two-hander imagines an affair in the Army between a private, played with a conniving intensity by Daniel Dugan as a white-trash soldier who is smarter than he seems, and his superior.  The director, Mark Robinson, looks glancingly into the mind of the torturer but is most insightful about the effects of the culture of the closet..
- The New York Times
 
Recommended “Several hot topics in one."
- The New York Daily News
 
Recommended "Among the favorites [in the Fringe]..."
- Variety
 
"A fascinating play... totally absorbing, riveting, thought-provoking, forceful, and sexual. Mark Robinson has directed this piece with all the skill of a chess game and the end result will have you thinking about it for a long time to come. …a lesson in what theater should and can be and, ultimately, must be… will absolutely take your breath away…this play deserves a life after the Fringe."
- WBAI Radio
 
...Moves toward the heart of darkness of American military conquest today.  This ambitious play considers dynamics of power and its abuse in the dual contexts of war and sexual desire, set within a highly topical context.  Mark Robinson's direction keeps the action taut and tense.
- NY Theatre.com
 
A disturbing new play... a carefully spun web of power and passion...Quigley has an interesting – and worthy – story to tell.”
- Broadway World.com
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Photos by Dar Bejnar