The Volunteer

In March 1981, Roger Fisher published an article detailing a new, more personal form of nuclear deterrence: The nuclear launch codes would be surgically placed behind a volunteer's beating heart, meaning a president would have to kill one person before killing millions. In this new, surprisingly timely play, Fisher's proposal becomes an alternate 1980s reality.
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The Volunteer

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  • Dana Lynn Formby:
    16 Jul. 2018
    This play surprises you all along the way. It is funny till it's not. It is absurd until reality hits. It is way out there until it's grounded. Do yourself a favor, sit down with this play and go on a unique ride of your life that theatricalizes a thought that one man had to prevent nuclear war into a bloody theatrical reality.
  • Joshua Fardon:
    29 May. 2018
    This play presents a real-life hypothetical solution to the apocalyptic cloud of impulsiveness which all of us live under today. Though The Volunteer is about the potentiality and inhumanity of nuclear war, it also manages to be funny, moving and theatrical while avoiding being cumbersome or necessarily costly, making it ideal for smaller venues who want to do new, innovative work. Propelling the surprising (and even sometimes gruesome) plot twists, choice roles for actors and clean, often funny dialogue is a guiding urgency which the audience will take home. It's important. Don't just read it. Produce it.
  • Tanuja Devi Jagernauth:
    10 May. 2018
    I have had the pleasure of hearing two readings of this play; the first at Chicago Dramatists as part of the First Draft Reading Series and the second at Prop Thtr in Chicago. Both drafts made me catch my breath. Cassandra Rose deftly humanizes institutions and processes that are historically sterile and opaque to civilians like myself: the Pentagon, the Secret Service, and specifically "the biscuit" of nuclear war. Cassandra's heart-breaking characters make a play about the threat of nuclear war a play ultimately a play about hope and the importance of honoring our collective humanity while we still can.

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