Barry Seal smuggled 5 billion dollars worth of cocaine into the US in the early 80s. He managed a small fleet of military-grade aircraft and dealt directly with drug kingpins Jorge Ochoa and Pablo Escobar.
The US government knew all about it.
Thaddeus Phillips of Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental brings to the stage a two-part performance about the life and death of this rogue pilot.
"The ... Adventures of Barry Seal" premiered at Philadelphia's FringeArts on May 14, 2015. The show traces Barry's final days before his murder, living at a Salvation Army halfway house and trying to tie up the loose ends of his smuggling empire.
Click the link above to see photographs of the show.
"ALIAS ELLIS MACKENZIE" is a sprawling existential fantasy that expands on Seal's conspiratorial legacy, centering around the production of a Colombian telenovela that features Seal as a primary character.
It premiered as part of FringeArts' annual festival September, 2015.
Examine the photographs.
Listen to the tape.
Watch "Barry Seal".
Watch "ALIAS ELLIS MACKENZIE
You can watch "The ... TRUE Adventures of Barry Seal" and "ALIAS ELLIS MACKENZIE" here in their entirety.
Grimace knows the password.
This project has been supported by
the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.