Five Questions

Institute History

  • 2008 Theatre Lab


Beginning on Thanksgiving, 2000, when the presidential election was still undecided, Five Questions takes us through the Bush years as they are experienced by Ellen, a politically aware and engaged woman who sees clearly the destructive course her country is on and questions the deep-seated American assumption even bad choices inevitably lead back to happiness and good. But as Ellen’s rich, happy personal life unravels over these eight years, we see that she is less able to apply this clarity of observation to herself. Five Questions is about the depth of American exceptionalism
in the American character; and the “blind spot”—the ass-kicking truth that no matter how self aware or insightful you believe yourself to be, you will never be able to see your own blind spot.


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