News: Set in the Far Future, Epic Political Drama "One Empire, Under God" Continues at The Tank

One Empire, Under God: A Cautionary Tale in Two Acts, the new full-length drama by award-winning playwright Anthony J. Piccione (A Therapy Session with Myself, The Kraine Theater; Unaffordably Unhealthy, The Tank), continues its live debut at the Obie-award-winning performing arts venue The Tank this week.

Set in the far distant future, One Empire, Under God is an epic political drama that tells the story of how an emotionally disturbed young man - with the help of virtual media technology - is able to rise to political power by inciting an uprising against America's openly atheist president, and subverting democratic and military rule throughout Western civilization, paving the way for him and his descendants to rule for generations to come. Every step toward a more perfect union is followed by an enormous reactionary backlash. That historical trend remains very much alive in the future, as seen in this provocative critique of nationalism, imperialism, and religious extremism.

Directed by Andrés Gallardo Bustillo (SDC Member; Artistic Director of the Phoenix Theatre), the play was presented earlier this year as an online virtual production via Zoom. The cast includes Trey Shields (Romeo & Juliet, London Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts; DEAD HOUSE, Boston Playwrights Theatre), Marc Verzatt, (Lilies, Off-Broadway at The Theater Center), Sarah Spagnuolo (Straight, Queer Arts Theatrical; Man Versus Woman, The Players Theatre), Gian Caro (Cyrano de Bergerac, American Musical and Dramatic Academy), J.J. Miller (Lilies, Off-Broadway at The Theater Center), Marcus L. Smith (Hugs and Kisses; Episcopal Actors Guild; Johnny, Hudson Guild Theatre), Mary Miles (Sweat, Stella Adler Studio; Sylvia, The Workshop Theatre), Clara Tan (Spoon River Anthology, AlphaNYC; Threshold, Sean Surla Productions in Maryland), Sabrina Lopez (Heathers; Selma Arts Center), Sarah Nowik (The Wizard of Oz; Rockaway Theatre Company), Michael Paone (Den of Thieves, Deena Levy Theater Studio), and Demonte Thompson (Sisters on the Ground, American Academy of Dramatic Arts).

Performances: November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 at 7pm and November 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 2pm
Location: The Tank, 312 W 36th Street, New York, NY
Run Time: 2 hours & 30 minutes + 15 minute intermission
General Admission: $25
Premium Admission: $40
Live-streaming Admission: $20
Tickets Available for Purchase at


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