By HDN Editorial Board
With one voice they shout the words, "I, Aryan warrior, swear myself to complete secrecy to The Order total loyalty to my comrades Let me bear witness to you, my brothers Let us go forth by ones and by twos, by sword and by legion Face the enemies of our faith and our race with courage and determination."
The new production by the Montana Actors Theatre isn't an easy, comfortable watch. "God's Country" by Steven Dietz is based on the actual events surrounding the violent rise of The Order, a white supremacy movement headquartered in Idaho.
It's difficult to understand so much hate and how it can be directed toward such heinous goals. The play tries to explain that with a clear, unsympathetic eye.
Jay Pyette, director of the play, calls it "one of the most moving shows I've ever seen."
This is on-the-edge theater. It's jarring.
It's a gutsy theater company that takes it on. But that's what we have come to expect from our local group.
There are still several opportunities to see this play. Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. tonight, on Friday and Saturday, and July 6-7 in the Havre High School Auditorium.
Tickets are available at Creative Leisure, Mel's Foods, and the MSU-Northern Book Store. Tickets also are available at the door. Or call 265-8183 for reservations.