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Written by Vincent Delaney
Directed by Scott Alan Evans

Featuring: Matthew DeCapua, Adam McNulty, Kate Middleton, Caitlin Morris, Russell Posner, & Michael Schantz

Wednesday June 24th at 7PM
Thursday June 25th at 7PM


Based on interviews with former German prisoners of war, THE ART OF BAD MEN is the true story of the German soldiers in the POW camps which dotted the US during World War Two. Some are ardent Nazis, some are barely old enough to hold a shovel.  Every one of them is scared: of the war, of losing their home, of the vastness of this strange land.   But for a few, a camp production of a Moliere play may give them a chance—either to escape or to transcend.



About the Playwright:

Vincent Delaney’s plays have been produced, commissioned and developed at the Guthrie, Humana Festival, Premiere Stages, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, InterAct, the Magic, Woolly Mammoth, Source Theatre Festival, Pittsburgh Public, New Harmony, PlayLabs, the Lark, andLAByrinth, among others. His awards include McKnight and Bush fellowships, a Jerome Commission, the Heideman, and Core Membership at the Playwrights Center. Ampersand won the Reva Shiner Award from the Bloomington Playwrights Project. The Sequence, commissioned by the Guthrie, has been produced around the country and in the UK, Canada and Japan. 99 Layoffs premiered at RadialTheatre Project and ACT Theatre, and was produced at Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam. The script was a nominee for the Steinberg Award. Foreclosure was developed at Seattle Rep, Shakespeare and Company, and Florida Studio Theatre. Vincent is published by Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Samuel French, Heineman, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre Forum, and

From the Playwright:

In 2004 I received a grant to spend a month in Germany, interviewing elderly former soldiers who’d been prisoners of war in the US during World War II.  I was astonished at the range of personalities I encountered: some of them had been barely teenagers when they were conscripted by Hitler, and had never seen action before they were captured. Others had been (and perhaps still were) ardent Nazis. I found the interviews sometimes chilling, sometimes uplifting.  Above all, I learned how diverse these young soldiers had been–a diversity that we never seem to grant our enemies, when we depict them.
The stories they told were full of humor and contradiction and worry.  They were also amazing.  Everything in the play is historical, including the hard-to-believe drag production of Moliere’s Miser (I have pictures!).

I think what makes the story resonate today is  the complex struggle of these long ago prisoners, finding any way they could to maintain their sense of humanity.