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"The Power of Duff" and Our Need for Peace

Geffen Playhouse alumnus David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Stephen Belber's The Power of Duff.  Photo T.Charles Erickson

Geffen Playhouse alumnus David Wilson Barnes as Charlie Duff in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff. Photo T.Charles Erickson

Upon reading The Power of Duff for the first time, I was struck in two ways. First, timeless struggles among nations and among individuals traverse generations. Depressing thought? Maybe. The second idea that struck me — the one that prompted the production you will experience — is that these very struggles lead people to seek out something better.

This might be in the form of a person or an organized religion, a sense of spirituality, or simply in the way a person chooses to raise his/her children — all to make the world better in some small way. As members of a global community that faces adversity in a myriad of ways, we are united in our search for something better.

Enter Charles Duff. Stephen Belber has created a character who, lost in his own struggle, finds solace in prayer. But, as a public figure, his prayers are sent out over the airwaves, and his belief begins to permeate the beliefs of others. Belber has created a piece that examines our collective need to find peace, no matter the cost.

Peter DuBois, who previously directed Rapture, Blister, Burn, returns to helm The Power of Duff and, along with a first-rate cast and design team, has brought to life this wonderfully complicated and timely play. The Power of Duff tackles large ideas. We hope you find the journey invigorating, revelatory, and redemptive.

Enjoy the show!
Randall Arney
Artistic Director

The Power of Duff begins April 7 in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse. To purchase tickets, please click here.


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