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February 7, 2003

image from God's Country"Godís Country," a play examining the rise of the organized hate movement in the United States, is now playing in the Studio Theater of the Creative Arts Building. The play runs tonight and Saturday and Feb. 13-15 at 8 p.m., and offers Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 16.

Set in a Seattle courtroom, a Denver radio station and several other locations across America, Seattle playwright Steven Dietzís production draws on real-life hate crime cases to chronicle the development of right-wing hate organizations and the crimes they perpetuate.

Using court records, news archives and witness interviews, Dietz documents a neo-Nazi crime wave of assassination and acts of larceny by a group called The Order.

The play intertwines the life of outspoken Jewish talk-radio host Alan Berg, assassinated by The Order in 1984; the career of the groupís founder, Robert Mathews; and the Seattle trial of The Order members who murdered Berg.

General admission is $10, $8 for students and seniors, and tickets are available through the Creative Arts Box Office, (415) 338-2467.

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