The Best Man

By Gore Vidal

A sophisticated, elegant and damnably entertaining play!” 
– The New Yorker

A play about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness and the race for the presidency, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man is set at the national convention where two candidates are vying for their party’s nomination during the primary season. It’s an inside look at the dirt-digging, double-dealing, triple-crossing chicanery of presidential electioneering. Filled with Vidal’s trademark verbal fire, this darkly satirical drama resonates today as an exploration of how political and personal agendas can change the destiny of a nation. Featuring Artistic Director Mark A. Rhea and Keegan company member Colin Smith.

Vidal’s story is a corker! Suspenseful, funny, surprisingly fresh!” 
– Associated Press

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JAN 30 – FEB 23, 2014

Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

Runtime: 2.5 hours including one intermission



The Cast

Catherine Belen Pifel
Joseph Cantwell Colin Smith
Clyde Carlin David Jourdan
Arthur Hockstader Kevin Adams
William Russell Mark A. Rhea
Sheldon Marcus Michael Innocenti
Dr. Artinian Nello DeBlasio
Don Blades Peter Finnegan
Sue-Ellen Gamadge Rena Cherry Brown
Alice Russell Sheri Herren
Dick Jensen Stan Shulman
Mabel Cantwell Susan Marie Rhea
Ensemble Jim Howard, Mary Andrus, Mary Egan and Todd Baldwin

The Production Team

Director Christina A. Coakley and Timothy H. Lynch
Set Design Michael Innocenti
Lighting Design Katie McCreary
Costume Design Erin Nugent
Costume Assistant Brittany Harris
Sound Design Dan Deiter
Set Dressing and Properties Designer Carol Hood Baker
Properties Assistant Katrina Wiskup
Dramaturg Trudi Olivetti
Stage Manager Megan Thrift
Assistant Stage Manager Jen Grunfeld

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