Conversations Not Fit for the American Dinner Table

Teaming up Washington insider and congressional speech writer, Sol Max, State of Play Theatre’s latest production is a biting satire of America’s three-ring circus of politics, media and citizenry.

Written by Sol Max
Performed by Kyle Davies
Directed by Lizzie Wiggs
Design by Lydia Denno
Lighting and Sound by Andy Pilliner
Illustration by Nibby Williams

Performance History

Venue: Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
Date: Thurs 19th June, 2014
Time: 8:00pm
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Venue: CAST, Doncaster
Date: Thurs 12th June, 2014
Time: 7:45pm
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Edinburgh 2013 Performances:

Venue: Bedlam Theatre, Venue 49
Date: Mon 12th - Sat 24th August, 2013
Time: 15:00 (1hr)
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Full production previews:
Venue: Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
Date: Fri 28th - Sat 29th June, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
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Venue: ARC, Stockton
Date: Thurs 4th July, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
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Development Performances:

Venue: Bristol Old Vic, Studio as part of Bristol Ferment
Date: Thurs 24th January, 2013
Time: 6:30pm
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Venue: York Theatre Royal, Studio
Date: Fri 15th - Sat 16th February, 2013
Time: 7:45pm
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Venue: ARC, Stockton
Date: Thurs 25th April & Wed 5th June, 2013
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Venue: Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
Date: Fri 26th April & Thurs 23rd May, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
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Welcome to the United States of America! The place where anything is possible! The land of the free and the home of opportunity, prosperity, jingoism, guns, Jesus, dollars, the uninsured, guns, donuts, Elvis, more guns; where corporations are people, and every corporation has a right to the American f—ing dream! Yes, welcome indeed.

Inspired by the real-life events and aftermath of the 2012 Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, this one-man show uses mask and puppetry to illuminate an absurd world where tragedy and opportunity are one and the same. In this dark but remarkably hilarious world of spin, greed, fear and smoke screens, one woman’s struggle to bring her son’s killer to justice risks being swallowed by an epic battle of political manipulation and media exploitation. One man, five masks – 50 mental states.

Teaming up Washington insider and congressional speech writer, Sol Max, State of Play Theatre’s latest production is a biting satire of America’s three-ring circus of politics, media and citizenry.

Developed with support from Theatre in the Mill, ARC Stockton, Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Arts Council England.

About Sol Max

Sol’s two previously sovereign careers come to a welcome crossroads with Conversations. A theatre lover and political junky from an early age, Sol began his tenure in Democratic politics as a volunteer speech writer for a long-shot Congressional candidate and quickly rose to become a Communications Director in the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC.

Serving in that role during both the Bush and Obama presidencies, Sol helped craft Democratic communications strategy at the local and national levels, advised on policy, wrote campaign commercials, and continued to pen speeches for virtually every occasion, ranging from comic toasts and one-line zingers to national keynote addresses and introductions for Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Recently transitioned into the role of political consultant, Sol now makes time for his artistic pursuits, writing theatre, film, and television. His stage work has been seen in numerous New York venues and he has several projects in development with Los Angeles production companies.

Sol Max is not his real name.

What Critics are Saying

★★★★ “Refreshing…brilliantly performed…a Fringe gem! If you like a strong story, masks and clever puppetry – this entertaining hour is for you.” – Theatre Tripping

“Expertly performed.” – Broadway Baby

“Provocative…a shining example of theatre bringing the big issues of our society to life…think Maggie Thatcher in Spitting Image.” – Cuckoo Review

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