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Stuff Happens: A Play by David Hare
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Stuff Happens: A Play

by David Hare

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This is an intesting work of creative nonfiction, and fully of interesting and frightening nformation. It does come off moreso as a semi-documentary that is more worried about presenting facts than entertaining, but for someone interested in the Bush presidency, the surrounding politics, or the train of events that led to Iraq, this is worth reading. Most of the reader's or viewer's emotion comes not so much from the story as from the acknowledgement that, loosely, this very much happened as as given----which is frightening. Performing the play is problematic as you need actors and actresses who resemble the principle political personalities of the time, but as a read, it's a quick and worthwhile look into recent history, though admittedly liberal in approach. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Nov 2, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 057122606X, Paperback)

"Stuff happens . . . And it's untidy, and freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things."

Such was Donald Rumsfeld's response on April 11, 2003, following the infamous looting and pillaging of Baghdad. In David Hare's powerful new play chronicling the extraordinary process leading to the American invasion of Iraq, this statement provides entrée into the melee of diplomacy, political power, and terrorist vendetta still making headlines around the world. Using direct quotes meticulously culled from interviews and public appearances, combined with the playwright's nuanced reimagining of what went on behind closed doors, Hare has fashioned a historical narrative and human drama that presents the Iraqi conflict in all of its
haphazard notoriety. Stuff Happens uses a uniquely evenhanded approach to a deeply contested invasion--seen from the perspective of international leaders and journalists, as well as Iraqi refugees--and raises a series of provocative questions regarding the most heartfelt and manipulative machinations of domestic and international politik.

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