Fund for New American Plays

Jungle Rot

The Cleveland Play House, OH

After spending years as a forgotten man in the American Embassy in the Congo, the vice-consul is suddenly tapped to help assassinate that country's new president. His feelings of shock and outrage at the immorality of such an act are no match for the possibility that this could be the career opportunity he's been working for all these years! Now, if he can only figure out how to please his family and his superiors without losing his soul... Jungle Rot was inspired by an actual CIA plot to assassinate the Congo's first democratically elected president, Patrice Lumumba. With gleefully unrestrained humor, Greenland takes the absurdity of the actual event and uses it as a starting point for his satiric takeoff on inept government in action.

Seth Greenland's produced plays include Girls in Movies and Partners in Crime. Jungle Rot was workshopped in The Cleveland Playhouse's DiscoveRead New Play Program and the New York Shakespeare Festival's Public Hearing series. His play Red Memories was given a Plays-in-Progress production at the Circle Repertory Company. His television work includes several pilots as well as the ACE Award-nominated series of monologues he wrote and directed for the MTV Networks called The Love Doctor. He wrote the screenplay for the film Who's The Man? and is adapting Girls in Movies for television and writing a screenplay for Propaganda Films. Greenland lives in Cold Spring, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Director: Roger T. Danforth
Set Designer: James Noone
Lighting Designer: Richard Winkler
Costume Designer: David Toser
Sound Designer: Jordan Davis
Featured Performers: Richmond Hoxie, Danny Johnson, Lianne Kressin,
Dudley Swetland, Kate Walbye
Running Dates: January 10-February 5, 1995

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