Camelot Theatre

The Manchurian Candidate

Camelot Theatre in Talent is pleased to present its fall play: “The Manchurian Candidate” by John Lahr, based on the novel by Richard Condon.

Picture this: America in the grip of Japanese business interests, an assassination plot against the president, a weak vice-president, the threat of nuclear war in the Persian Gulf, espionage, intrigue, incest and the likelihood of a takeover of the United States. Sound familiar? A battle between good and evil, Lahr brings Richard Condon’s celebrated novel into the present to build an evening of suspense and drama far more exciting than any election night. “John Lahr’s ingenious updating substitutes Japan-bashing for the red-baiting of Richard Condon’s original, producing a wonderfully preposterous scenario involving a brain-washed killer and a plot to make Tokyo dependent on US oil by nuking the Gulf.” — Times of London.

Says director Roy Von Rains, Jr., “Try to imagine a state of being where reality and fantasy are indiscernible from each other… Where the most solid truth is no more valid to you than the most fantastical fiction… A state of being that leaves you desperately fumbling in the dark for any sense of peace and balance. I can only imagine that this is the state plaguing Shaw, Marco and Melvin, our brave Marines in “The Manchurian Candidate.” As a director there is something titillating about feeding the darker side of your imagination. This story absolutely feeds that side. Overt racism, the larger than life characters and the need to succeed at any cost is what drives this fascinating play. “

“The Manchurian Candidate” is rated PG-13 for Adult Language and Content.

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