A story of a survivor of the Rwandan genocide traveling to another village to seek revenge for the murder of his family is the theme of my play UNFORGIVEN that was read at the Northport Reader’s Theater on December 8, 2014. Though my play deals with a particular dramatic situation in a particular time and at a particular place, the idea of seeking revenge is a universal human conundrum. My play was expertly read by New York actors, and the drama of the scene could be immediately felt at the top of the play. The discussion that followed revolved around not only specific issues of the play but the general concept of revenge and forgiveness on the other side of the world as well as in the United States.
Revenge and forgiveness are topics fit for dramatization and discussion in a variety of settings. UNFORGIVEN is appropriate for theater and school settings as well as for churches. A reading of the play would also work for small groups wanting to explore these most explosive topics.