Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre

Fast-moving, powerful, and theatrical, Fatherland erupts verbatim from official court transcripts, case evidence, and public statements.

By: Feb. 23, 2024
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A 19-year-old son faces the hardest day in his life when he testifies in federal court against his father after informing on him to the FBI. The Fountain Theatre’s world premiere of “Fatherland,” a new work of verbatim theater conceived and directed by Fountain artistic director Stephen Sachs, opens Sunday, with performances continuing through March 30.

The first defendant to stand trial for the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Guy Reffitt was found guilty on five criminal counts and sentenced to 7¼ years in prison — based in part on emotional testimony by his son. Fast-moving, powerful, and theatrical, Fatherland erupts verbatim from official court transcripts, case evidence, and public statements.

Check out the production photos, below.

“This play is not a political diatribe,” says Sachs. “It's the true personal story of a father and a son and the dangerous propaganda that drove them apart. Every word of it is true. It’s a shout of warning in this election year.”

”The heartbreaking family tragedy at the center of this true story is a brilliant window on the staggering human costs of the rise of fascism and the assault on democracy in America,” comments Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, whose play Building the Wall debuted at the Fountain in 2017.

The Fountain Theatre is located at 5060 Fountain Avenue (at Normandie) in Los Angeles. Patrons are invited upstairs to relax before and after the show at the Fountain’s café. For reservations and information, call (323) 663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.

Photo Credit: Jenny Graham

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Patrick Keleher and Ron Bottitta

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Anna Khaja and Ron Bottitta

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Ron Bottitta and Patrick Keleher

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Patrick Keleher, Anna Khaja, Ron Bottitta

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Ron Bottitta

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Ron Bottitta

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Patrick Keleher

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Ron Bottitta and Patrick Keleher

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Larry Poindexter and Anna Khaja

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Anna Khaja

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre
Anna Khaja, Patrick Keleher, Ron Bottitta, Larry Poindexter

Photos: FATHERLAND Opens Sunday At Fountain Theatre



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