WINNER OF THE KENNEDY CENTER/AMERICAN EXPRESS FUND FOR NEW AMERICAN PLAYS AWARD
WINNER OF AMERICAN THEATER CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD
John Stillman is an unassuming CIA station chief posted in the Congo in 1960. His flagging career gets an unexpected shot in the arm when he receives a cable from the Eisenhower White House telling him to arrange for the assassination of the Congo's Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba. Stillman is horrified by the assignment and is further shocked when his wife Patience, an inveterate social climber who is sick of life in Africa, declares it to be a great career opportunity. Stillman's attempt to carry out the order leads to mayhem and disaster.