“Building The Wall” is an anti-President Donald Trump off-Broadway play that now has to shut down in the liberal heart of the east, New York City, after not generating enough interest.
The show was written by Robert Schenkkan, a Tony Award-winning writer. It is closing one month early because of lack of ticket sales.
Schenkkan is not fond of President Trump and has often been very critical of him and his decisions, saying “We no longer live in a world that is business as usual – Trump has made that very clear.”
The play had some negative reviews which also could have played a role in its early shot down.
The show was about a terrorist attack in Times Square leading to Muslims and Mexicans being put in containment camps. Ultimately, President Donald Trump is removed from office.
Obviously Schenkkan is living in a fantasy land because it is unlikely that any of that is going to happen.
The political thriller, according to the Times, follows a history professor named Gloria (Tamara Tunie) who interviews a former security officer named Rick (James Badge Gale). It’s 2019, and President Donald Trump has been removed from office after a terrorist attack in Times Square forces him to declare martial law and place Muslims and Mexicans in containment camps — which eventually turn into killing chambers. Gloria visits Rick in prison, where he explains his hand in the deadly terror.
The play received a series of negative reviews, which Richards said contributed to its early shutdown.
“Our author built a powerful play; however, during this Tony Awards season and during a season which has not been kind to straight plays, we were unable to build an audience,” he said. “It is especially difficult to do so when you are Off Broadway.” One Times review said the “hastily” written play “hobbles” along, crippled by “familiar ideas” like a prison interview. Schenkkan, who has been openly critical of President Trump, says the 90-minute play took him just one week to write in what he described as a “white-hot fury” after the election.