SUMMIT, NJ - Power, love and responsibility -- who has it, who wants it, and who deserves it -- are the central themes explored in Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley's riveting work "Defiance," which will be staged at The Summit Playhouse February 24 - 25, March 3 - 4, and 10 - 11 at 8 p.m. and matinee performances February 26 and March 5 at 2 p.m. 

From the author of "Doubt" and "Outside Mullingar," "Defiance" is set on a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina in 1971.Two officers, one black and one white, are on a collision course over race, women and the high cost of doing the right thing.

"'Doubt' was about the birth of uncertainty in a person of faith set in a church school John Patrick Shanley attended in the '60s," said director Frank Licato. "Shortly thereafter, the country went through a cultural earthquake. The authority of most of our institutions was called into question, and a powerful cynicism took hold. In short, "Doubt" turned into "Defiance," which is his second play about American hierarchy. For Shanley, having doubt is an important and valuable exercise, a hallmark of wisdom. Defiance is also a necessary step in the life of an individual and in the life of a nation."

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The cast of “Defiance” includes Dale Monroe, Peter Horn, B.K. Dawson, Frank Blauer, Kathleen Campbell, and Donald Calliste.

Tickets are priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students, and can be purchased by visiting brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit thesummitplayhouse.org or call 908-273-2192.

The Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Avenue.