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An Underneath the Lintel special discussion with playwrite Glen Berger

Underneath the Lintel playwright Glen Berger came to A.C.T. on Nov 16 for a special discussion and Q&A with  Lintel director Carey Perloff and star David Stratharin.  Click below to watch the recording.



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Kilroy Was Here

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By Dramaturgical Publications Fellow Shannon Stockwell

In Underneath the Lintel, playwright Glen Berger emphasizes the singularly human need inside all of us to leave a mark on the world, something that will endure long after our inevitable deaths. One of the ways in which he discusses this need is through graffiti—the unsanctioned, uncensored defacement of public property—and few examples of graffiti have ever reached quite such a memetic status as a little man called Kilroy.

Kilroy is a simple cartoon drawing, a man seen peeking over what appears to be a wall with the words "Kilroy was here" next to it. He seems to have originated and became popular during World War II, appearing in unusual places, including the top of the Statue of Liberty. A famous tale claims that in July 1945, during the Potsdam Conference to discuss the end of World War II, Stalin had the use of an exclusive bathroom to which only two other people had access. It is said that Stalin exited the bathroo…