On the way to NYC to deliver a speech, Cotter Huxtable meets Heidi Macomber ... in a forver way.
Cotter will speak just ahead of the President. He feels that the major areas of trouble for America and the world can be defined withing "extremisms", inclusing the President's.
What happens at the speech makes Cotter a hero ... also a "person of interest" both to his country and its enemies.
As to being free ... we see Cotter and Heidi pay on the prices of vigilance.
As to being lovers ... it could be that their story goes to the four corners, on a crying, happy wind.
The author of four previous books carrying strong political messages (Where Deaf People Sing , 2003; Murder in the Highest Places, 2002. et al), Dalrymple has been trumpeting his calls for justice for the Nepalese and other oppressed peoples of Asia since 1999. In this... three-act play, which moves...from New Hampshire to New York City, Myanmar, Washington, D.C. and back to New York, he turns his attention to...American absolutism and arrogance toward other societies. Cotter (Huxtable), a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, meets Heidi (Macomber), a reporter for the Herald of Portsmouth, when she interviews him about his speech...(concerning)...U.S. involvement in the Israeli-Palistinean conflict that he is to deliver at Columbia University, where he will share the stage with the President. (In the speech)...Cotter criticizes the man...only to save him from an assassin’s bullet. A serious rejoinder to holier-than-thou-minded contemporaries.
-Kirkus reviews Author
Our leadership seems enslaved to power and personal wealth, and to the blind certainties of religious extremism. What can I do other than speak out and wait to vote? Because the answer is "nothing"... how does the helpless feeling describe a troubled time?
Act I Scene II
At a restaurant ... clean and neat, of a light three-color décor, the walls white above table level, all else red, except the floor of deep mahogany ... this without arrogance, the way a flower can want visitors to love only.
The entrance is at the reat and to the right; the kitchen is to the left.
Cotter and Heidi enter, come to a table near the audience, and get seated by a young Moslem man.
Young man (smiles and hands them menus) -
Heidi (her hand on the table) - A happy red ... I like it.
A man Cotter's age, with full, light brown beard, of four or five inches, is led to the table.
Cotter (points at Heidi)-
Cotter (to Rob)-
Rob (to Heidi) -
Cotter (briefly covers his face) -
Heidi (to Rob)-
Rob (to Cotter) -
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