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Who's Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War

book, music, and lyrics by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3803-4
Musical, Comedy
6 men, 2 women (doubling)
Total Cast: 8, FEE: Quoted upon application.
THE STORY: The show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, our other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections, and unremitting boredom—when a fax arrives from Germany, and with it a golden opportunity. If the defector’s story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It’s all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything.
“…an important, cunning, rock-solid musical comedy with a terrible title…” —NY Times. “[WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY] is exceptionally executed intellectual comedy.” — “A whip-smart musical comedy that’s sure to leave you laughing and thinking for days… nothing short of brilliant… [Pailet and Penedo] harness musical comedy in an intelligent, creative, and witty way that makes this shocking true story palatable. This is not only impressive, it is deeply important.” — “…a great musical…a touching look at how small, human flaws can escalate toward catastrophe….” — “[WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY] will have you laughing out loud at its absurdist humor, while shaking your head in horror at the true absurdity of what really happened and the shocking casualties that resulted.” — “…hilarious, creative, clever and, dare I say, inspiring.” —