* World Premiere

God's Country (1988)
ACT's fourth production of its 1988 Mainstage Season will be the world premiere of God's Country, a play by Steven Dietz which focuses upon a white supremacist terrorist group.

Commissioned by ACT, Dietz examines the philosophy and activities of the Aryan Nations Church, and explores how ordinary, intelligent people are seduced by extremist movements. Material has been drawn from the dramatic events beginning with the murder of Jewish talk show host Alan Berg, through the death of church member Robert Jay Mathews in the spectacular shoot-out on Whidbey Island, and culminating in the 1985 trial of church members at the U.S. Courthouse in Seattle.

The play will be directed by David Ira Goldstein, who staged ACT’s acclaimed production of Glengarry Glen Ross last season and, most recently, directed The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Empty Space Theatre.
About the Play
Written By: Steven Dietz
About the Production
World Premiere
Run Dates: 8/18/1988 - 9/11/1988
Program: Program (.pdf)
Venue: Queen Anne
Directed By: David Ira Goldstein
Cast: John Aylward - Farrell; Phillips; Pastor One; Peter Lake; Savage; Detective Kerber; David Lane; Father
Kurt Beattie - Elliot; Ward; Pastor Two; Robinson; Randall Rader; Gary Lee Yarbrough; Ogura
Gordon Carpenter - Halprin; Patrick Conner; Officer Phelan
Anne Christianson - Zillah Craig; Student; Anath White; Ms. Wiggins
Linda Emond - Mueller; Wife of Farmer
Matthew Flemming - Boy
John Gilbert - Alan Berg; Ruark; Mister Jones
Rex McDowell - Denver Parmenter
Marianne Owen - Leatherman; Judith Berg
Ben Prager - Robert Jay Matthews; Skinhead
Michael Winters - Chappel; Farmer; Pastor Three; Mister Smith; Thomas Martinez; Bruce Pierce
Behind the Scenes: Steven E. Alter - Dramaturg
Frances Kenny - Costume Designer
Allison Narver - Assistant Director
Jim Ragland - Sound Designer
Phil Schermer - Lighting Designer; Producing Director
Shelley Henze Schermer - Set Designer
Jeff Steitzer - Artistic Director
Susan Trapnell Moritz - Managing Director
Craig Weindling - Stage Manager