Technological Difficulty

Marcus is a 17-year-old hacker – er, high school student – living in San Francisco in the near future. And like any smart hacker – uh, teenager – he lives for technological challenges such as bypassing, disabling, and otherwise eluding his school's surveillance network. Marcus, who may or may not go by the name w1n5t0n, also believes (like any good teenager) that he has the system all figured out, and he knows how to work it. Yet he's about to get a lot bigger challenge – and its name is the Department of Homeland Security. See, San Francisco has just suffered a terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11, and Marcus and his friends are apprehended and questioned relentlessly for days on end. After they're released by the federal goon squad, they hardly recognize their city. It's literally a police state, every resident a suspected terrorist. Now Marcus knows his mission: Take down the DHS and its computer system. The play is Little Brother, and it's based on a novel by Cory Doctorow that foresaw movements like Occupy, tactics such as jamming cell phone transmission to thwart protests, and the use of drone aircraft. The Custom Made Theatre Co. describes it as “a warning of things to come – and that have already happened.”
Tuesdays, Fridays-Sundays; Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 13. Continues through Feb. 25, 2012

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