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The Interference

U.S. Premiere presented by the Pepperdine Theatre Department

April 5–8, 2017

Written by Glasgow-Based Irish Playwright Lynda Radley, Directed by Cathy Thomas-Grant

Allegations. He said. She said. Truth.

Winner of the Scotsman Fringe First Award for excellence and innovation in new writing
Winner of the Broadway Baby Bobby Award for exceptional work on the Fringe
Final shortlist for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award for outstanding work addressing human rights issues.

Through the use of a live-mixed soundscape and set against the backdrop of the worldwide university campus sexual assault epidemic, The Interference follows one survivor's struggle to make her story heard above all the noise. It explores the seemingly infinite source of opinion, commentary, and distorted or suppressed information that have become routine players in the aftermath of these incidents. The play also takes a closer look at the unique circumstances involved when student athletes are part of the story.

What the critics are saying:

"A damning indictment of a warped establishment protecting its own" – Neil Cooper, The Herald

"Brisk, gripping, fiercely intelligent, and tightly focused" – Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

"This is a devastatingly brilliant piece of theatre" – Broadway Baby

"Pepperdine has captured the essence of the moment in all its rage, its despair and hope." – British Theatre Guide

"The Interference, a perceptive & compelling piece about a social system rotten with male privilege" – The List ‪ ‬ 

Commissioned by Pepperdine University and first presented in its world premiere by Pepperdine Students at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in summer 2016. 

Each performance will be followed by a talkback including staff from the Pepperdine Counseling Center as well as the director and the cast of The Interference.

Photos by Brittney Rivera.


April 5–8, 2017


$48 for four Pepperdine Theatre events


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