Building The Wall at Park Theatre probes Trump’s threatened legacy

2019. The wall has been built, and the President impeached

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Robert Schenkkan (Hacksaw Ridge, All the Way) premieres his political thriller, Building The Wall, at London’s Park Theatre this May.

It’s a harrowing tale of the terrible events that resulted when Donald Trump made good on his promise to build a “beautiful wall” between Mexico and the United States.

2019, America. Rick is incarcerated awaiting sentencing for the crime of the century. He grants just one interview – to Gloria, an African American historian.

In a world of ‘fake news,’ surrounding one of the world’s most powerful and controversial political figures, Gloria is Rick’s only chance to tell his version of the truth.

“Shit rolls downhill and the little guy takes the fall while the people who really set things in motion, they always walk. Always.”

Angela Griffin plays Gloria, who stands to receive the first unfiltered confession from Rick.

Angela’s most recent screen credits have included Lewis (ITV), Brief Encounters (ITV), The Detail (CTV) and Ordinary Lies (BBC One), as well as the 2008 film Last Chance Harvey (Overture Films).

Her stage credits include The Captive Queen (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe), Breeders (St James Theatre) and One Man, Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Trevor White plays Rick, who stands accused of crimes unspeakable that befell after the President’s wall was built.

Trevor is currently appearing in Series Three of The Durrells (ITV). His film and TV credits include The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros. Pictures), Jason Bourne (Universal Pictures), American Assassin (Lionsgate Films), Downton Abbey (ITV), World War Z (Paramount Pictures), Episodes (BBC) and Burton & Taylor (BBC).

His stage credits include: Thebes Land (Arcola Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Apollo Theatre), Henry IV Part I and II (Royal Shakespeare Company), Enron (Royal Court & West End), Macbeth (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and The Machine (Donmar Warehouse).

Robert Schenkkan said: “I wrote Building the Wall in October, 2016, before the Presidential election, because even then it seemed to me that real and lasting damage had been done to the American republic.

“The consequences of that election have certainly born out my presentiment, but it is important to remember that Trump is only a uniquely American expression of a problem currently facing all the Western Democracies – the rise of right-wing, nationalist movements.

“The real danger lies in the ways in which political leaders and ordinary people excuse, rationalize, and even seek to justify such dangerous sentiments.

“The results, as history has shown us time and again, are disastrous. The UK is not immune to these baleful currents.

“It is hardly a coincidence that Trump has approvingly quoted Britain First. As always, the triumph of evil requires only that good men do nothing.”

Building The Wall plays in Park200, Park Theatre, from May 2 – June 2.

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