Special Screening — “The War Within” at the Westport Country Playhouse Barn, Sun July 17, 7PM

It seems that everyone is talking about imminent terrorist plots these days, and those chilling conversations are brought too-close-to-home in the prescient movie, The War Within – the latest offering from Westport Cinema Initiative. The movie was written by Ayad Akhtar, a Pulitzer prize-winning playwright whose work brings insights into the Muslim experience in the United States.

This 2005 film follows events in the life of a fictitious Pakistani immigrant living in New York City with his family. A childhood friend suddenly arrives on their doorstep with news that he has also come to live in America. What none of them knows is the deadly reason why he is really there. Will this visitor be successful in carrying out his mission? How does the Americanized family of his old friend react to his presence… and him to all of them?

Find out at the showing, which takes place on Sunday evening, July 17, at 7 p.m. at The Lucille Lortel White Barn Center at Westport Country Playhouse.  There will be a talk-back afterward featuring a conversation between Doug Tirola and David Kennedy, Director of the upcoming production of “The Invisible Hand”, also by Ayad Akhtar . The screening is produced in conjunction with the Playhouse production of The Invisible Hand by the same author. The event is being underwritten by the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts.