West Hollywood, CA (PressExposure) September 22, 2009 -- In a strange case of life imitating art, the recent Yale University campus slaying in which a young woman was strangled to death and hidden inside a building wall seems to share eerie similarities to the dark comedy, "The Yale Diaries," a stage play written by playwright-actor-director David Miguel Estrada, which premiered in New York City's Theatre Row.
The play begins in 1966 when George W. Bush and John F. Kerry meet as undergrads at Yale. As Kerry, a graduating senior, shows Bush (a sophomore) the ropes, they become intimate friends against the backdrop of the Skull and Bones Secret Society. In a jealous rage, Kerry's former lover, Marge Lerner, (wanting to cut Bush out of the mix) attempts to strangle him. Instead, she is bludgeoned over the head by the future President. When she dies, they are forced to conceal the murder while keeping up appearances.
In a review by Emily Jane Hills Orford the play is called "compelling satire."
Asked about the recent Yale murder, the playwright downplayed the similarities noting that, "Though the play has dark undertones, it is still nonetheless a political comedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Annie Le."
The stage play premiered in New York City . It was produced by A.M. Raychel and directed by David Miguel Estrada. It featured Austen Cooke as John F. Kerry and Joe Rayome as George W. Bush, along with actors James Ryan Sloan, Dana Chehansky, Julie Marcus, and Jonathan Ellis. The play is published by Desert Road Publishing and available at Amazon.com.