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Don't miss the world premiere of Nate Rufus Edelman's black comedy Desert Rats, an arresting exploration of life, crime and fraternity set in the hinterlands of America's contemporary Wild West. Edelman's last work, The Belle of Belfast, drew critical acclaim during its Off-Broadway run in 2015 and now this brand new production sees the playwright collaborate with transcultural theatre company Chaskis.
Taking their name from the Incan word for a highly-trained and physically fit group of messengers from the ancient civilisation, the company is the UK's foremost interpreter of works from the Americas, bearing new stories, practices and cultural perspectives across the Atlantic. Desert Rats forms part of their Summer festival Las Americas Above.
Find more information about Chaskis and the festival here: http://www.chaskistheatre.com/
Estranged brothers Frank and Jessie reunite to plan a kidnapping in a squalid motel room on a hellish day in Barstow, California. When day turns into night, and Amber, their teenage victim, is brought out of the trunk, the siblings find their troubles have just begun.
Opening night: 28 July 2016
Photo credit: Lidia Crisafulli
Nate Rufus Edelman
intimate Engrossing BRILLIANT
A brilliantly crafted and well paced production
Forming a meaty part of London-based theatre company Chaskisí summer festival Las Americas Above, the story follows brothers Frank and Jesse, two struggling petty criminals, and their plan to kidnap a rich Valley girl for a life-changing ransom sum.Read full review
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