Enemies: Foreign and Domestic is a darkly comic intersection of foreign “black ops” and family politics.
Meg Mahoney arrives at her mother’s home smoldering with resentments, ready to have her pain acknowledged at last. But her family won’t recognize her grievances. What’s more, her mother’s Muslim caregiver activates Meg’s fear and hostility. The prodigal daughter’s return ignites a culture clash that opens an unexpected window onto intimate and institutional aggressions – at home and overseas. This domestic comedy-drama with a sharp political edge premiered February 2015 at Central Works in Berkeley, CA.
Listen to a podcast interview of Patricia and Central Works co-director Gary Graves, discussing Enemies on KALW.
**** “Enemies: Foreign and Domestic will keep you laughing, thinking, and completely engaged for its 90-minute running time. For its author, the prolific Patricia Milton, it marks a leap forward into the big leagues. Highly recommended.” – Charles Kruger, Theatrestorm
“A stunningly intelligent and politically provocative dramedy which contains four impressive and powerful roles for women… Milton’s tightly-crafted play is a tense family drama with overtones of government abuse as well as family violence. In terms of raw theatre, this a powerful sight to see (make no mistake, Milton’s new play is the perfect vehicle for regional artistic directors seeking a drama written by a female playwright with four solid roles for women). ENEMIES: Foreign and Domestic inaugurates the 25th season of world premieres from Central Works with a bold new piece of theatre guaranteed to challenge any audience’s comfort zone.” – George Heymont, Huffington Post
“Don’t miss.” – SFGate
“[Enemies] is a brilliant and dynamic play at Central Works in Berkeley. Great dialogue, sharp humor, and wrenching emotional roller-coasting lead to a haunting ending. . .Not to be missed.” ~Julie Motz, KWMR Listen to the review below.
Enemies has the honor of being a Theatre Bay Area Awards “Recommended Production,” as chosen by adjudicators from various Bay Area theatre companies and non-affiliated theatre professionals.
“Enemies: Foreign and Domestic is a wickedly funny black comedy that relates an intimate history of family trauma and abuse while drawing fascinating parallels between domestic abuse, terrorism, and the waging of war.” – Charles Kruger, Rumpus.net ‘Notable San Francisco’
“Enemies: Foreign and Domestic”
photos by Jim Norrena
Photos: Desiree Rogers as Siara. Photo credit: Jim Norrena.