On November 2, 1965, American Quaker Norman Morrison drove from his Baltimore home to Washington DC. He brought with him his one year-old daughter Emily, a box of matches, and a jug of kersone. Standing below the window of U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Morrison set himself on fire to protest the escalating Vietnam War. Re:Union is based on these real-life events, as well as a fictional encounte between Emily Morrison and Robert McNamara in 2001, in the aftermath of 9/11.
Re:Union premiered in Vancouver in October 2011, as a co-production between Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre and Pacific Theatre.
“A powerful and striking piece of theatre.” Jo Ledingham – The Courier
"Not since Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon have I found American politics so interestingly portrayed on stage."
Mark Robins – Gay Vancouver
“Watching Sean Devine’s intelligent new play, it’s impossible not to hear echoes of the Occupy movement.” Jerry Wasserman – The Province
“Re:Union provides a thorough moral and intellectual workout, which makes it as unusual as it is welcome in Vancouver’s current theatre scene.” Colin Thomas – The Georgia Straight