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Operation Ajax

OPERATION AJAX
(a game of skill and chance)
FEBRUARY 14 THROUGH MARCH 10
Wednesdays through Saturdays

8:15 PMWHERE EAGLES DARE

347 WEST 36TH STREET

(between 8th and 9th avenues)

1, 2, 3, A, C, E to 34th Street

13TH FLOOR BLACKBIRD THEATER

$18

RESERVATIONS:
(917) 916-1307

JAY SMITH as CIA Senior Officer KERMIT “Kim” Roosevelt

GAVIN STARR KENDALL as Grand Ayatollah KHOMEINI

ALBERT AEED as Secretary of State John Foster DULLES

NICHOLAS WARREN-GRAY as The SHAH of Iran

KELLY MARKUS as British U.N. Representative Gladwyn JEBB

DOROTHY ABRAHAMS as Prime Minister Mohammad MOSSADEGH

RODNEY HAKIM as dissident writer and poet Reza BARAHENI

Sets and Costumes: ARNULFO MALDONADO

Lights: LUCAS KRECH

Sound: DUNCAN CUTLER

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Iran. 1953.

The CIA’s first covert coup against a foreign democracy.

The ultimate gamble.Operation Ajax

Constructed from no less than 25 text sources (memoirs, documentaries, plays, poetry, novels, films, reality tv shows), the piece tells the story of the CIA’s 1953 coup against Iran’s first democratically-elected government.  Placed in a casino context, the densely-layered performance explores how the addiction to risk and gambling has become a potent metaphor for U.S. foreign policy.

Text Constructed by NOEL SALZMAN and TAMARA SCHMIDT

with Meghan Frank, Mireya Lucio, Armistead Johnson and Rodney Hakim

Press Contact: JUDD HOLLANDER for Bunch of People Productions

bnchpeop@aol.com /
212- 242-1648

Directed by NOEL SALZMAN

Work-in-progress presentations took place at

The Chocolate Factory, NYC (12/04) and Where Eagles Dare, NYC (1/06)

The Butane Group

TEXT SOURCES

The Birth of the Poet: a Play in Three Acts by Kathy Acker, 1981

Imperial Salute (former Iranian national anthem), 1933-1979, words by M. H. Afsar

The Crowned Cannibals: Writings on Repression in Iran by Reza Baraheni, 1977

God’s Shadow: Prison Poems by Reza Baraheni, 1976

• BBC News, “Timeline: Iran”

• Biography: Kermit (Kim) Roosevelt

Taziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran, edited by Peter Chelkowsi, 1979

La Baie des Anges [Bay of Angels], a film by Jacques Demy, 1963

End of Empire: Iran, Granada Television, 1985

Casino Royale, a novel by Ian Fleming, 1953

Live and Let Die, a film by Guy Hamilton, 1973

Anatomy of a Coup: The CIA in Iran, History Undercover, The History Channel, A&E Television Networks, 2000

• Intervention, A&E Television Networks:

Episode 2: “Gabe,” first aired 3/13/05

Episode 4: “Alissa,” first aired 3/27/05

Episode 8: “Tina,” first aired 5/8/05

The Mind of a Monarch by R.K. Karanjia, 1977

All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer, 2003

The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader, edited by Christoph Lindner, 2003

Croupier, a screenplay by Paul Mayersberg, 2001

Norooz: A Celebration of Life, The Medium Online — Features

The Age of Chance: Gambling in Western Culture by Gerda Reith, 1999

Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran by Kermit Roosevelt, 1979

Playing and Modernity, an essay/play by Susan Rubin Suleiman, 1988

The Transformation of John Foster Dulles: From Prophet of Realism to Priest of Nationalism by Mark G. Toulouse, 1985

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated by Gore Vidal, 2002

The Other Window, a song by Wire from the album 154, 1979

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