“Full of irony and wit … extremely contemporary …
in the style of the Broadway smash ‘Book of Mormon.’”
Clara, young, brilliant and patriotic, joins the all-powerful Internal Security Agency as an I-S-A agent. But when Clara’s vengeful boss, Jack, commands her to spy on an idealistic civil rights lawyer, Tom, she loses faith in the mission. A twisted love triangle, an act of betrayal, a woman who risks everything for her country. Who is a hero and who is a traitor? You decide, in this dystopian drama set in the Unified State.
The musical is PATRIOT. PATRIOT won the MUT International Music Theater Competition in Munich, and was a semifinalist at the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference. PATRIOT has been workshopped or presented at the advanced BMI Music Theatre Workshop, Theater Resources Unlimited, and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. NationSwell presented a reading of PATRIOT, followed by a debate between lawyers at the ACLU and the CIA about torture, mass surveillance, and patriotism.
PATRIOT is set “soon” in a dystopian Unified State, but was inspired by real events: Edward Snowden, Guantanamo, and Shubert v. Bush, a case the author brought to stop the NSA from spying on tens of millions of Americans (later featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, Citizenfour).
Ilann wrote the book, music and lyrics for PATRIOT.