The Overwhelming

09 10 Season

The Overwhelming Poster

By J.T. Rogers
Directed by Joel Greenberg

In association with Canadian Stage

March 8 – April 3, 2010

Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs

American academic Jack Exley travels to Rwanda to interview old friend Joseph Gasana about his struggle for good against daunting odds. But when Jack arrives in Kigali, he is unable to find the Tutsi doctor – or anyone who will even admit to having known him. Befriended by both locals and diplomats with veiled motives, Jack and his family become enmeshed in the tension, terror, professional risks and personal betrayals that they ultimately realize mark the start of a genocidal war.

Named a 2007 Top Ten Play of the Year by Time Magazine and Time Out New YorkThe Overwhelming, by award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers, is a riveting examination of the mounting tensions in 1994 Rwanda and a war that cannot be comprehended or controlled. The Overwhelming was originally produced in 2006 at London’s National Theatre in association with Out of Joint. The play had its US premiere at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, in 2007.


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The Men Who Killed Me

March 8 – April 3, 2010