Why Do You Stand There In The Rain?

Wed 1st – Sat 11th Aug 2012


“You are all heroes now, but some day they’ll treat you like dogs”





Pepperdine University


World premiere from Scottish Playwright Peter Arnott

You are all heroes now, but some day they’ll treat you like dogs

When I marched off to war in 1917, I remember a Civil War veteran, over 70 years old, telling me, ‘Son, you are all heroes now. But some day they’ll treat you like dogs.’ Benjamin B Shepherd of the BEF

Pepperdine University returns to the Fringe with a world premiere from Scottish playwright Peter Arnott. Through the support of Creative Scotland Arnott took up residency at Pepperdine in Malibu last February to workshop the commission with Pepperdine’s cast and creative team.

Based on the Bonus Army March of 1932 on Washington DC, Arnott’s play tells the story of what may have been the first Occupy Protest and march on the nation’s capital. 20,000 ragged and desperate First World War veterans and their families from all over the U.S. set up ‘Hoovervilles’ around the nation’s capital, to lobby Congress for the early release of a promised compensation package for services in the First World War. Congress voted no and Hoover called upon MacArthur and Patton to drive the veterans out of the capital. Armed with bullets and tear gas, 1,000 infantry and cavalrymen pushed the veterans out of Washington DC burning everything they owned.

Under the musical direction of Scottish composer and actor John Kielty, this documentary-style play with music continues the Pepperdine tradition of live music performed by a talented ensemble. From the iconic anthem Over There to the songs of Woody Guthrie, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly and other contemporaries, this rich tapestry of tunes underscores the story of the veterans whose march on Washington D.C. led to the formation of the GI Bill.

Peter Arnott’s work has been produced in Scotland, Moscow and New York. He received the prestigious Creative Scotland Award in 2007 and his play The Breathing House won the TMA Best Play Award in 2003. His most recent mainstage work, The Infamous Brothers Davenport, opened at the

Lyceum Theatre this last spring.

Admission: £9.50(£6.50)

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