Powerful, memorable, intense, humorous yet dark—Georgetown University students, under the direction of Professor Natsu Onoda Power, brought the audience to their feet for the world premiere adaption of War with the Newts on November 12, 2015, in the Gonda Theater. Based on the 1936 novel by Czech author Karel Čapek, the science fiction work centers on the discovery of an intelligent breed of newts who are initially exploited than rebel, leading to a global war. Georgetown adapted portions of the novel into a script noting: “all actors are played by newts.” Director Natsu Onoda Power cleverly adapted the novel for the Washington-based audience, incorporating “newtisms” such as the Washingnewton Post, NPR – Newts Public Radio, as well as an impressive use of props and media to set the scene. The premiere included a cameo by Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. The humor did not underscore the dark undertones from our nation’s past and present– slavery, persecution, discrimination, nazism, and war. In today’s world, the subject matter seems all too familiar. A full theater of students, professors, and the Washington-based community roared with applause and a standing ovation at the end of the show. Czech Ambassador Petr Gandalovič praised the performance saying that it has great potential beyond even the realm of the university that should be pursued. The show runs until November 21! Check out pictures from the premiere.