The boys are coming to Ally: Naomi Wallace's THE WAR BOYS opens August 9
Ally Theatre Company presents THE WAR BOYS
by Naomi Wallace| Directed by Matt Ripa
"The War Boys is, if nothing else, a shake-up, cracking open the darkest parts of the American psyche and testing the limits of what holds it together."
"it’s about the profoundly isolating consequences of hate"
"reflective of how young American men behave in a culture that prizes aggression and violence"
The War Boys runs August 9-31 at Joe's Movement Emporium
PERFORMANCES: Friday-Sunday | Friday & Saturday @ 8PM | Saturdays @ 2:30PM | Sundays @ 4:00PM
In their spare time three vigilantes, childhood friends, enjoy patrolling the U.S./Mexican border. But these youths soon learn that even the most guarded borders are permeable. When the lines between fantasy and reality become dangerously blurred, these young men are forced to decide what it means to be an American, and who has the right to belong.
CONTENT WARNING: This play contains adult content including acts of violence, guns, partial nudity, simulated sexual activity/assault, racist, xenophobic, homophobic and misogynist language.
Drama. Recommended for ages 16 and up
"Watching the events unfolding at the border have made me feel helpless and confused. I wanted to better understand how another person can be filled with so much hate and animosity toward folks who are trying to cross the border.
Naomi Wallace’s The War Boys is a play about borders. Specifically the Texas/Mexico border. But is also about the border between boyhood and manhood. The border between fantasy and reality. The border between love and hate. The border between right and wrong. Even though The War Boys was written over 20 years ago, Wallace was on to something. She exposes the violence, fear and self-hatred that breeds and maintains racism.
I am excited about the conversations that this play raises. Conversations about toxic masculinity, the policing of the southern border and class are all important conversations that need to be discussed."
The War Boys Director Matt Ripa