Madmen and Specialists
Minneapolis Theatre Garage
711 West Franklin Avenue
February 24, 2006 - March 12, 2006
A raging civil war threatens to unravel the moral fabric of society. In the midst of it all, a woman tries to hold onto her faith in humanity as those around her spiral into the depths of lunacy. This is the twisted world of Madmen and Specialists, presented by nimbus and written by Wole Soyinka, the first African writer to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Madmen and Specialists is an absurdist drama about the power of propaganda, military repression, and the subversion of moral inhibitions in the pursuit of power. While her brother and father are away fighting the war, Si Bero faithfully continues her brother's medical practice with the help of two wizened herbalist women. When her brother Bero returns she learns with horror that he has become a military Specialist - a torture artist - and has tasted human flesh. With the help of four playfully maniacal mendicants he has imprisoned their father, now the master of the cannibalistic cult of As, whom he intends to torture and kill. As Si Bero desperately attempts to save her family, the household tumbles into a macabre circus of dementia and despotism from which there is no escape.