THE FIFTH DOMAIN
A WORLD PREMIERE by Victor Lesniewski
Directed by Kareem Fahmy
“Turns out we’re only in the business of protecting people when it’s convenient.”
An Espionage Thriller
Removed from his position at the National Security Agency, Troy latches onto a new opportunity—an opportunity he can’t refuse. But his eagerness blinds him to the calculated and unintended repercussions of cyberwar. Is cyberspace the battlefield of the future? Does our nation’s security depend on recognizing this threat? Victor Lesniewski’s intense, slick thriller challenges patriotism and government accountability in our digital age.
Read more in the latest Playwright Interview with Victor Lesniewski »
Frank Center 260 University Drive
Run Time: 90 Minutes
Sponsored by Deb Weisbacher
CATF extends a special thank you to the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation for a grant that supported the development of this world premiere production.
Learn more about The Fifth Domain by reading the 2020 UNMUTED Companion. The Companion was created during the development process of the play.
Watch an interview with playwright Victor Lesniewski from the 2020 UNMUTED series. These interviews and discussions took place during the development process of the play. Video»
Watch The Making of The Fifth Domain from the 2020 UNMUTED series. These interviews and discussions took place during the development process of the play. Video»
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Victor Lesniewski‘s plays include Couriers and Contrabands (World Premiere at TBG Theatre in NYC, Critic Howard Miller’s Best of Off & Off-Off Broadway List), Cloven Tongues (World Premiere at The Wild Project in NYC), Where Bison Run (Ars Nova Out Loud Reading Series, NY Times Profile), Amid Purpleheart (Geva Theatre Center Concert Reading), Pipistrellus (The Dramatists Guild Fellowship), Khardal (Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor), Cold Spring (Ashland New Plays Festival), and Tentative City (SF Playhouse Reading Series). Victor was the only American to be shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award, which included six writers culled from over 1,600 applicants. He is a former Uncharted Artist in Residence at Ars Nova. In recent years, he has also developed work at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Pioneer Theatre Company (UT), Northern Stage (VT), Palm Beach Dramaworks (FL), Benchmark Theatre (CO), Playwrights’ Arena (CA), and La Mama Umbria. He is proud to sit on The Dramatists Guild’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Kareem Fahmy, Director, is a Canadian-born director and playwright of Egyptian descent. Previous collaborations with Victor Lesniewski: the world premiere of Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre, co-created by Kareem), Khardal (Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor), and Tentative City (in-house development at Roundabout). Other world premieres include: James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times Top 5 Must-See Shows), Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Sheen Center, New York Times Critics’ Pick), Adam Kraar’s Alternating Currents (Working Theatre), Bess Welden’s Refuge*Malja (Portland Stage), Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage). Kareem’s work as a playwright has been seen at theatres around the U.S. and Canada. The 22-23 season will feature world premieres of two of Kareem’s plays, American Fast (at City Theatre in Pittsburgh and Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland), and A Distinct Society (at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City). Kareem has developed and directed work at Atlantic Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Group, New Dramatists, Geva Theatre, Portland Stage, Northlight, Silk Road Rising, San Diego Rep, and more. Fellowships/Residencies: Sundance Theatre Lab, The Old Globe (Classical Directing Fellow), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Directing Fellow), The O’Neill (National Directors Fellow), Second Stage (Van Lier Directing Fellow), Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), Lincoln Center (Directors Lab). Kareem is Co-Founder and Chair of the Middle Eastern American Writers Lab. MFA in Theatre Directing: Columbia University. www.kareemfahmy.com