Kidnap Road

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Kidnap Road

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Date and Time

  • Friday, November 13, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




While Ingrid Betancourt, a former senator and anti-corruption activist, was running for president of Colombia in 2002, she was kidnapped by the FARC, a Marxist revolutionary terrorist organization. This story is a theatrical imagining based on those events, written for actors Kimber Riddle and Steve Guevara. The Woman narrates the story through “intrusive memory,” a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder. In a tour de force role, the Woman grapples with ever-present moments in her life, as the play shifts in time and place via fragmentary scenes. The long trauma of the Woman’s captivity is propelled by the conclusion to her story, foreshadowed throughout the play. The play-within-a-play film noir twist reveals the Woman’s past with Camus, the theater and existentialism. In the other tour de force role, the Man shifts kaleidoscopically between characters, including FARC commanders, the Woman’s deceased Father, her Son, God, and her lover — a Fellow Hostage.

A discussion with the playwright, director and actors will followed the performance.

Stan Cahill (Director) received his MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program. His theater performance credits include As You Like It (New York Shakespeare Festival), Rapture Two-Step (West Bank Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare), A Few Good Men (Westport Country Playhouse), and The Misanthrope (Philadelphia Theatre Guild). Cahill appeared in the films Pearl Harbor and A Thousand Acres and on television in NYPD BlueJudging AmyFrank Leaves for the Orient, and JFK: Reckless Youth. Cahill has directed No Other Gods: A Passion12 Incompetent MenPassion Fruit,Markus/PassionFootprints to Heaven and The Night Before Christmas on BBC Radio.

Catherine Filloux (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over 20 years. She recently received the 2015 Planet Activist Award for her career in theater and activism. Recent productions include Selma ’65Luz and Dog and Wolf. Filloux went on an overseas reading tour to Sudan and South Sudan, organized by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program, and her play The Beauty Inside was produced in Northern Iraq, in the Kurdish language, by ArtRole. She is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders. 

Steve Guevara (Actor) received his MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program. His off-Broadway credits includeFortinbras (Signature Theater Company) and the Sam Shepard projects Hunted (The Public Theater) and Bottle House (The Public Theater). Guevara appeared in Yerma (Arena Stage) and the film Psycho III from Universal Pictures.

Kimber Riddle (Actor) received her MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program. Her off-Broadway credits include Luz (La MaMa), Mad Forest (Manhattan Theatre Club), Zero Church (St. Ann’s Warehouse) and Enrico IV ( NYU Director’sLab). Regionally, Riddle has appeared in Tranced (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), House Arrest (Mark Taper Forum), Common Infractions, Gross Injustices (American Repertory Theater), Piano (Harvard University) and with the IACD Acting Company at Harvard University with Director Anna Deavere Smith. She acted in the film Guy, Thirty, Under The Bridge and on television in the ABC mini-series of Stephen King’s The Langoliers and the CBS mini-series Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage.


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