Dog and Wolf & Killing the Boss
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Two plays by award-winning playwright Catherine Filloux focus on societies torn by war, and how individuals try to live with the trauma in aftermath and/or fight tyrannical power however they can. This book features an introduction by Brandeis University Professor Cynthia E. Cohen.
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Jan 4, 2012Catherine Filloux’s plays Killing the Boss and Dog and Wolf confront a spectrum of grappling questions and harsh realities that deal with our rights as citizens during times of severe injustice. Killing the Boss tells the story of an innovative American playwright who is obsessed with working towards equality as a teacher in an unnamed Southeast Asian country that was recently inflicted with genocide. Once her frustrations lead her to a violent encounter with the country’s prime minister (referred to as ‘the Boss’,) she goes missing, leaving her husband, parents, and an Ambassador to work together in an attempt to uncover her status. Throughout the character’s journeys, the audience is presented with a multitude of compelling perspectives, allowing them to address questions such as what it would take to dismantle a country from a dictator’s ‘one-eyed version of truth,’ to how someone could see human beings in New York as ‘strange creatures,’ and how these perspectives develop and... More > relate to one another. The play also confronts the issue of not only unequal distribution of wealth, but of corruption and unequal distribution of opportunity. Killing the Boss encourages the viewer to address these questions and see international human rights issues from many perspectives. Dog and Wolf confronts many questions in regards to human rights by presenting a relationship between Jasmina, a human rights worker and refugee from Bosnia, and her lawyer, Joseph, who helps her attempt to seek asylum in the United States. As in Killing the Boss, the viewer has the opportunity to experience a plethora of perspectives regarding international human rights issues, the US legal system, and the strength of culture. Dog and Wolf provides the viewer with an intimate look on a woman whose culture is often stereotyped and sculpted into a generalized identity, and emphasizes the necessity of ridding pre-conceived notions and understanding the multi-dimensional nature of culture. Importantly, the same is done with Joseph, allowing the viewer to see the Western world from an exterior perspective. Like the meaning behind the phrase ‘Entre chien et loup’ [between dog and wolf], the play clearly presents the subtleties within the differences, and more importantly, the similarities between Joseph and Jasmina, and how their multi-layered situations are anything but cut-and-dry. Through their discourse and actions, the audience joins both characters as they are forced to confront their pasts. Killing the Boss and Dog and Wolf encourage necessary conversations from their viewers. Both plays present large-scale human rights issues at an intimate scale, allowing the audience to see the implications of issues such as genocide and inequality from a multitude of personal perspectives. Filloux’s Killing the Boss and Dog and Wolf do an excellent job of providing their viewers with knowledge about their core issues, while they simultaneously serve as a launching pad for action and conscious thought in regards to human rights and inequality on a global scale.< Less
Jan 4, 2012Dog and Wolf and Killing the Boss are two beautifully written plays By Catherine Filloux in which characters struggle against authority and corruption, while try to find sense in a confusing world. In the end, although justice may not clearly be seen, the characters find strength through companionship. Killing the Boss is a roller coaster ride of a mystery, where every answer leads to more questions. Eve, the play’s protagonist, is a writer/teacher lost in more ways than one. Her immense passion for the country she loves leads her to risk everything in order to save it from the hands of a cruel tyrant. Meanwhile, her family struggles to understand her actions while attempting to find her. Their story deals with the journey to find ones cultural identity, and the effects our actions have on the ones we love. In Dog and Wolf, the play’s two main characters, Joseph and Jasmina, face many of the same struggles as Eve and her family. Jasmina and Joseph are both haunted by the shadows of... More > their past. Eventually, this leads Jasmina to return to her homeland instead of seeking asylum in the United States. Joseph, her lawyer, follows her in hope of bringing her back. Only when they are able to understand each others pains are they able to trust each other. Their journey shows that although there is much pain and grief in the world, in the end, there is also hope. “KILLING THE BOSS HAS HAUNTED ME EVER SINCE I READ IT. IN SO MANY WAYS, IT REFLECTS THE COMPLEXITY OF HOW GOOD THINGS DON'T ALWAYS TRIUMPH; THE ACHING SORROW WHEN THEY DONT. YOU CAPTURED SO WELL THE TERRIBLE POWER OF EVIL TO DESTROY, AND THE EQUALLY WONDERFUL/TERRIBLE POWER OF THE PEOPLE CAUGHT IN AMBIGUOUS SITUATIONS TO SALVAGE WHAT THEY CAN, AND STILL LIVE TO TRY AGAIN. THAT WHOLE EXPERIENCE SHINES IN MY MIND LIKE A LANTERN OF LIGHT IN A DARK TIME.” Rosemary Knower< Less
Aug 8, 2011I read Dog and Wolf & Killing the Boss, two short plays by Catherine Filloux, shortly after graduating from college, where I spent my senior year exploring the connection between the arts and peacebuilding. Both plays perfectly embody this relationship, as they inform about injustice and inspire action, and create a safe place of truth-telling and taking responsibility. Dog and Wolf is about Jasmina, a Bosnian woman who, after witnessing and teaching about genocide, seeks asylum in the United States. She does this with the help of Joseph, her physically disabled, often emotionally insensitive, lawyer. When Jasmina goes missing after her trial however, we see the breakdown of physical and emotional barriers, as Joseph travels to her homeland to find her. In this place so unfamiliar to most of us, we witness Jasmina confront her past and learn what it means to refuse becoming a victim. We also begin to understand the harsh realities of seeking asylum in the United States, and the... More > consequences of both speaking out and remaining silent after mass human rights atrocities. Killing the Boss, with similar themes, tells of the struggle and potential repercussion of confronting those in power. When Eve, an American playwright not afraid to state what is officially silenced, violently confronts a Southeast Asian Prime Minister about a lack of opportunities for his people, we as an audience question the utility of rage and revenge in post-conflict societies. A one-act play, Killing the Boss is a quick yet suspenseful read that also lets us explore the role of outsiders in such societies, and the effects of our choices on those we love. Both plays draw domestic attention to international human rights abuses, as well as give life to memories and voices to the dead. Although about heavy topics, they are filled with wit and humor, as well as an extremely well developed, multi-dimensional cast. This allows the reader to learn about and grapple with the issues, relate to the characters, and feel both empowered and entertained.< Less
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