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Stuff Happens

Stuff Happens Stuff happens And it s untidy and freedom s untidy and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things Such was Donald Rumsfeld s response on April following the

  • Title: Stuff Happens
  • Author: David Hare
  • ISBN: 9780571226061
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stuff happens And it s untidy, and freedom s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things Such was Donald Rumsfeld s response on April 11, 2003, following the infamous looting and pillaging of Baghdad In David Hare s powerful new play chronicling the extraordinary process leading to the American invasion of Iraq, this state Stuff happens And it s untidy, and freedom s untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things Such was Donald Rumsfeld s response on April 11, 2003, following the infamous looting and pillaging of Baghdad In David Hare s powerful new play chronicling the extraordinary process leading to the American invasion of Iraq, this statement provides entr e into the melee of diplomacy, political power, and terrorist vendetta still making headlines around the world Using direct quotes meticulously culled from interviews and public appearances, combined with the playwright s nuanced reimagining of what went on behind closed doors, Hare has fashioned a historical narrative and human drama that presents the Iraqi conflict in all of its haphazard notoriety Stuff Happens uses a uniquely evenhanded approach to a deeply contested invasion seen from the perspective of international leaders and journalists, as well as Iraqi refugees and raises a series of provocative questions regarding the most heartfelt and manipulative machinations of domestic and international politik.

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    1. Robert Fisk, commenting on Colin Powell’s appearance at the February 2003 UN Security Council Meeting, said that Powell seemed quite unsure of himself, halting and unconvincing, as he delivered his now infamous fairytale justifying the US’s subsequent invasion of Iraq. Conversely, Fisk noted, when he saw David Hare’s Stuff Happens in New York, three years later, the Powell on stage was much more forceful, more charismatic, and a good deal more sure of himself. I mention Powell, because Har [...]

    2. I thought this was an ok play. I mean, its approach was interesting and the quasi-documentary style challenged the way we think about current events and contemporary politics. But I just wasn't interested in the basic substance of the play. 9/11 and the build up to the Iraq invasion simply aren't interesting subjects for me.This play does challenge us to think more deeply about what has become a political platitude--that politics is more show than substance. This play performs the disjunction be [...]

    3. This play made me so angry. Dubya and his chicken hawks, flouting international law to invade Iraq and topple a sovereign government under false pretences. Hundreds of thousands dead. Was Saddam a horrible despot? Yes. Was he worse than Bush? I honestly don't know.

    4. Despite being aware of the events that occurred following the 9/11 attacks, I had never taken a strong interest in the political events and the relationship between Britain and the US at the time. This play opened my eyes to the realities of Bush and Blair's motives, and presented the facts in a way that was utterly transparent. I thoroughly enjoyed the play, despite at times finding it a little dense. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an introduction to modern political t [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this polemic, it takes an unsentimental look at the events leading up to the outbreak of the Iraq war. Funny and sinister, the play is a scathing attack on the Bush administration, though some 'characters' get it a lot worse than others. Although the figures are in essence acting out a plot to which we already know the final picture, the play is still thought provoking and exciting.

    6. Really, really, really interesting execution. Best read with annotations if unfamiliar with events and people in the scope of politics in the early 2000s. The set-up was really amazing though. Hare brings documentary to stage and gives fiction without sacrificing truth. Well executed and enjoyable read.

    7. while reading this (now in small increments, a scene at a time while on the toilet) i must keep in mind the good intentions of the play write to provide us with a dramatization of what he imagines may have taken place in those undocumented private meetings. suffice to say it was probably uglier then this play depicts.

    8. An exercise in taking quotes and events (nonfiction) from the press and other sources, then writing a piece of fiction. Or is it? A historical play. That's what it is. Very recent history. Overall, good read.

    9. An incredible and unlikely page-turner. You actually see the play in your head as you read. The second I was done reading it, I started at the beginning and read it all again a second time--something i don't ever remember doing with any book or play before. I'd recommend it to anyone.

    10. Incredibly interesting play. Makes you question what you already know about the events leading up to and during the war in Iraq. I'd be interested to see how it was done in the original production and how it was received by the original audiences.

    11. No less infuriating today than ten years ago. Hubris has consequences. Pawns die when chess masters err. Loyalty is not such an endearing virtue in the long run. Powell, Blair. We're still living in the age of deception.

    12. Making the fall of Colin Powell as the arc in this play was a very smart choice. If anyone lost their soul in this administration, it was Powell, if only by virtue of the fact that he was the only cabinet member who had one to lose.

    13. Not something I'd normally read, but I did enjoy the fact that it outted the government as a group of individuals who don't really understand what it is they're saying, or the impact of world events.

    14. Its a play of the time. I think it was good but it just reminds me so much of the attitude growing up surrounding Iraq.

    15. I saw a production of this play in Los Angeles two or three years ago. What is said about the recent history of the United States actions in Afghanistan and Iraq were deeply insightful and poignant.

    16. Disappointing. No great insights into the people involved, just a retelling of the whole disaster in play form. What was the point?

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