(3m, 1f) A complex and intriguing look at an American world view created in the wake of September 11. Over the course of 12 years, or 4,380 days, Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the United States government at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside juxtapose with historical events in a riveting exposé into the most dangerous prison of all – fear. With a graceful poetry, and a fluidity that spans time and place, DC playwright Annalisa Dias delivers a searing and timely critique of power, humanity and what it means to be American.
4,380 NIGHTS will have its world premiere directed by Kathleen Akerley at DC's Signature Theatre in January 2018 as part of the 2nd annual DC Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
"a treasure" - DC Theatre Scene
"a lush historical buffet" - Washington Post
"deeply felt" - New York Times
"haunting and poetic.. a work of genuine humanity and insight" - Washington City Paper
"a compelling 'in your face' production" - DC Metro Theatre Arts
"the message of hope rings quietly over fear and hate" - Broadway World
"gutsy and well-crafted" - Washington Blade
4,380 NIGHTS was recognized as an honorable mention (top 21%) on the 2017 Kilroys list of un- and underproduced plays by female and trans playwrights of color.