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Special Forces

John Fisher
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An action-adventure about a mission behind enemy lines during the Gulf War.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (1 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Action sequences that offer a straight-faced microcosm of US blundering in Iraq … Hilarious scenes limning the hell-yeah, know-nothing spirit that many fear now dominates our military personnel … Like an eccentric novella that holds attention … [A] half queer Casablanca homage, half American-policy-in-Iraq docudrama that is perversely interesting. Fisher is a kick.” —Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Witty, thought-provoking and inventive … Engrossing and entertaining.” —Rob Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

“Low-key hilarity, understated and allusive wit, unexpected grace, and distant but bitter sadness in this canny exploration of war through the prism of gender.” —Robert Avila, Bay Guardian

“A sobering tale of modern combat in which romantic notions of war are trammeled … SPECIAL FORCES is designed to be lean and mean, much as the current Iraq war was conceived to be. But unlike the war, the play actually succeeds in its terseness.” —Richard Dodds, Bay Area Reporter

About the Author


  • John Fisher

    John Fisher has written and directed over twenty works for the stage, both plays and musicals with original music and lyrics. His shows include the long-running MEDEA: THE MUSICAL, COMBAT! and THE JOY OF GAY SEX, all of which have been performed in many cities (NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles) and have received numerous awards (Critics Circle, NEA Grant, Glickman, Backstage, GLAAD.) His plays have been performed Off-Broadway in New York City. He has directed many plays by other authors in local premieres (SF Bay Area) or major revivals. These shows include NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES, RED SCARE ON SUNSET, BENT and THE PHILANDERER. He also worked with major regional theatres, including Yale Rep and ACT.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/26/2012
Pages 64
ISBN 9780881455427

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced by Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Special Forces is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC