The narrator of this blistering monologue lies ill and alone in a dreary hotel room in a poverty-stricken country. A political execution is about to take place beneath her window. Far from the glib comforts of her own life, she struggles with memories and her own conscience, which are challenged by the misery and poverty she sees. As the narrator reminisces and agonizes over her own responsibility for the downtrodden, she reaches the inevitable conclusion that the politically correct are guilty themselves unless they take action. At the play’s conclusion, the narrator has succeeded in defining her own guilt, but is uncertain whether or not she has the personal courage to join the struggle.
The Fever by Wallace Shawn appeared on stage at The Beaumont Studios from January 29th – February 3, 2008 featuring Kirsten Kilburn. Directed by Sabrina Evertt.