Louisville Magazine

MAR 2019

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kdf.org LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.19 49 And they passed on 'Slaughter City,' about a meatpacking plant 20 minutes away from the theater. en my British play, about the plague, that's the one they took." In e Corpse Washer, the comic and the tragic are intertwined, and the dialogue by Wallace and Khalidi comes across as unadorned, at times borderline profane, and slyly intimate. "I think we were attracted to the novel because (Antoon) makes no distinction between the living and the dead, between nightmares and reality," Wallace says. "But at the same time, he manages to show a family unlike the families we often see on our stages that are dysfunctional. is is a loving family with a dysfunctional situation outside of them, which is war." Wallace and Khalidi have become quite good at finishing each other's thoughts, and he adds to her point. "Another thing that attracted us to this story is that it's about an artist," he says. "We're lucky to hear about Iraqis at all, and if we do, they're just statistics, if that. We certainly don't hear about them as artists (in what was) an advanced, well- educated secular country before the American wars began." ere is, naturally, the question of barriers for an audience in Louisville — an audience anywhere in America, for that matter — with weariness of these conflicts in the Middle East. Here Wallace, ever the poet, is stirred considering one word. She sits up straight, her lively brown eyes animate and her voice strengthens. "I really appreciate you saying that about weariness," she says. "It is my feeling that it's not really about weariness; it is fear and uncertainty. I still in my life do not find and meet people who are like, 'God, I'm just so tired of all this war!' People are uncertain. ey often don't have the information that they might need to be able to say, 'Hey, this is wrong.' "And I find Americans in general very hungry to get knowledge and find out more about something. I think sometimes weariness — and I can say this for myself too — is a mask; it's a guard against our fear of vulnerability. Because if you truly imagine who are the people under American bombs, it's very frightening and it can be very upsetting. It's why we admire Sinan's novel: He imagines what it's like to be dead, to still be living, to be tired and not find much hope, but then still go on living and find some way to have hope." Wallace mentions her three children. "is country has been at war and bombing the Middle East for (nearly) their entire lives," she says. "What about the daughters there?" College Guide Coming May 2019 625-0100 x32 or advertising@loumag.com

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