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Building the Wall


Building the Wall

Written by Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Michael Michetti
Produced by Simon Levy, Stephen Sachs, Deborah Lawlor
Starring Bo Foxworth and Judith Moreland

“MUST SEE! Local legend Fountain Theatre scores the official opening of this world premiere rollout written by a national legend: Pulitzer Prize–and Tony Award–winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way).” – Time Out Los Angeles

National New Play Network
Rolling World Premiere


Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm, Mondays 8pm

(Fridays 8pm Added: April 28th, May 12th, June 2nd, June 16th)


Bo Foxworth and Judy Moreland

NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Building the Wall — The newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan(The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), directed by award-winning Michael Michetti. It’s the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. Now, a writer interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting, harrowing and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.

Building the Wall is produced at The Fountain Theatre as a part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are Borderlands Theatre (AZ), City Theatre (FL), Curious Theatre (CO), and Forum Theatre (DC), with support from Paul Prokop. For more information please visit

Building the Wall website.

90 minutes. No intermission.

National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 200 productions nationwide through its innovative National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, which provides playwright and production support for new works at its Member theaters. Additional programs – its annual National Conference, National Showcase of New Plays, and MFA Playwrights Workshop; the NNPN Annual and Smith Prize commissions; its residencies for playwrights, producers and directors; and the organization’s member accessed Collaboration, Festival, and Travel banks and online information sessions – have helped cement the Network’s position as a vital force in the new play landscape. NNPN also strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Its most recent project, the New Play Exchange, is changing the way playwrights share their work and others discover it by providing immediate access to information on more than 9,500 new plays by living writers. NNPN’s 30 Core and more than 75 Associate Members – along with the more than 150 affiliated artists who are its alumni, the thousands of artists and artisans employed annually by its member theaters, and the hundreds of thousands of audience members who see its supported works each year – are creating the new American theater.

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New York Times – Robert Schenkkan and Building the Wall – Feb. 5, 2017

Washington Post – Theatre in the Time of Trump – Feb. 6, 2017

Playbill – Building the Wall – Feb. 6, 2017

The Guardian – Robert Schenkkan Interviewed

BBC Newshour Interview with Robert Schenkkan

BroadwayWorld – Announcement – Feb. 18, 2017

Deadline Hollywood – Schenkkan Wins Humanitas Prize for Hacksaw Ridge – Feb. 22, 2017

American Theatre Magazine – Interview with Schenkkan – March 7, 2017

Radio-Canada Feature – March 13, 2017

Capital & Main Interview with Robert Schenkkan – March 16, 2017

Better Lemons Interview with Robert Schenkkan – March 16, 2017

NPR’s “California Report” on KQED – Feature Story – March 17, 2017

BroadwayWorld Release – March 18, 2017

Los Angeles Times – Review – March 20, 2017

Hollywood Reporter – Review – March 20, 2017

LASplash – Review – March 21, 2017

EdgeMediaNetwork – Review – March 21, 2017

Stage Raw – Review – March 22, 2017

Arts In La – Review – March 23, 2017

Breitbart – Article – March 24, 2017

Boston Globe – Article – March 24, 2017

Hollywood Progressive – Review – March 24, 2017

People’s World – Review – March 24, 2017

KPFK Michael Slate Show – Audio Interview w/creative team – March 24, 2017

Cultural Weekly – Review – March 29, 2017

Stage Directions Magazine – Interview w/Stephen Sachs – March 30, 2017

KPFK Michael Slate Show – Audio Interview w/ Robert Schenkkan – March 31, 2017

Boston Globe – Letter to Editor by Stephen Sachs – April 2, 2017

BroadwayWorld – Review – April 3, 2017

KPCC’s The Frame – Interview w/Robert Schenkkan – April 3, 2017

KCRW – Anthony Byrnes’ Review – April 4, 2017

New York Daily News – Article – April 5, 2017

Truthdig – Interview w/Robert Schenkkan – April 5, 2017

Beachcomber – Review – April 5, 2017

Better Lemons – Review – April 5, 2017

New York Times – Announcement of NYC Production – April 6, 2017

WillCall – Review – April 12, 2017

WGA Magazine, Written By – Interview w/Robert Schenkkan – April 15, 2017

Los Angeles Times – “One of L.A.’s Hottest Tickets” – April 18, 2017