A female journalist is interrogated and tortured after interviewing rape victims in a middle eastern country. As she gets closer to her death, she recounts the American news story she followed that provoked her desire to better understand violence against women.

Evan Tucker directs.

About the Playwright.

Amy Tofte’s The Count Goes Down was a semi-finalist for both the 2014 nuVoices Festival (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte) and The Kitchen Dog Theatre’s 2014 New Works Festival. She was also a semi-finalist for Washington, DC’s 2013 Source Festival with her play Relentless Pursuit of a Lady and a semi-finalist for the 2013 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship for her play FleshEatingTiger. Her plays FLOOZY and FleshEatingTiger premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2010, 2011, respectively).Tiger was remounted at the Hollywood Fringe in 2012 where it was named “Best of Fringe” and nominated for Best Play.

Tofte recently participated in the 2014 Last Frontier Theatre Conference’s Play Lab (Valdez, Alaska), her fifth year as a participant writer. She has two monologues published in the Conference’s 2009 – 2012 anthology. Tofte developed her play WhiteDevil-LovingMother at both the Kennedy Center (2009) and on a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the Autry National Center (2012). Her plays and solo pieces have been produced and developed throughout the United States and the United Kingdom including LaMama ETC, Riverside Theatre, Highways Performance Space, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New Stage Theatre. She is a founding member of the play development company Fierce Backbone in Los Angeles and a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. MFA, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). BA, University of Iowa. www.amytofte.com