Based on a true story, Savages takes place in 1902, a few years after the United States invaded the Philippines to free them from Spanish colonial rule. But the American troops now find themselves fighting a long, costly war against the people they originally came to liberate. The play’s fusion of meticulously researched US military history with Asian mysticism yields a spellbinding vision of war and its casualties.


“Anne Nelson’s historical drama has a lacerating beauty…. Nelson, a former war correspondent, brings eloquence to this wartime drama.”

— The New Yorker

“Playwright Anne Nelson knows how to put her finger on the pulse of the times….The script is riveting.”

— BackStage


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