Dirty campaign tricks, questionable journalistic practices, sex with interns – all the things that make American politics intriguing are on display in Farragut North, the ultimate political-power play.
Zeitgeist Stage Company presents the New England premiere of Farragut North by Beau Willimon from April 30 through May 22 at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Set during a close presidential race on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, a young press secretary’s perceived invincibility is shattered as he falls prey to backroom politics, manipulation from campaign veterans, and the wiles of a seductive young intern.
This hot-topic play is also currently in development as a Warner Brothers film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, to be directed by George Clooney. The provocative screenplay has been adapted by the play’s author.
In addition to his work in theater and film, Willimon has also worked extensively in the world of politics. He served on the campaign staffs for Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Bill Bradley, and was a part of Governor Howard Dean’s campaign for the presidential nomination.
With quick-witted banter and an inside look into the unique beast called the American Political Machine, Farragut North is a timely tale of hubris, loyalty and the lust for power.
While not entirely an autobiographical journey through his campaign experiences, the playwright notes in a New York Post interview, “In terms of the affairs and some of the particulars of the backroom meetings, that’s all made up. But the atmosphere of it, the paranoia, the bald ambition, the gluttony for power, and the ways in which all those things can warp your soul—it was all there.”
The play is titled after Farragut North, a Washington D.C. Metro station located just north of Farragut Square and Connecticut Avenue in the nation’s capital. Willimon chose the name as the station is located in the center of the lobbyist district. In the play, a veteran campaign manager reflects, “You do your four years in the White House, if you last that long, and then what? You get off the train every morning at Farragut North and trudge to some consulting firm with all the other political has-beens.”
The Zeitgeist Stage production of Farragut North features Peter Brown, Caitlin Conley, Bill Salem, Dakota Shepard, Victor Shopov, Andres Rey Solorzano, and Zach Winston. The production is directed by Zeitgeist Stage Company’s Artistic Director David J. Miller.
Farragut North will be presented in the Plaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts from April 30 through May 22, 2010 with performances Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 4 & 8 PM, and Sundays at 4 PM. The Press Performance is scheduled for Sunday, May 2 at 4 PM.
Tickets are $30, with a discount ticket price of $20 available during previews, April 30 through May 2. Three Wednesday night performances – 5/5, 5/12 & 5/19 – are Pay-What-You-Can nights, with a $5 minimum. Seniors & Students are always $20.
Tickets may be purchased from the Calderwood Pavilion box office at 527 Tremont Street or by calling 617-933-8600, and are also available on-line at BostonTheatreScene.com.
The Boston Center for the Arts is located at 539 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End and is handicap accessible. For more information visit the company’s web site at ZeitgeistStage.com.