‘Farragut North’ at The Beacon — Beacon
An inside look at the very machinery of the game of politics comes to the stage of The Beacon Theatre in Beau Willimon’s juicy and timely drama, “Farragut North.” Willimon, creator of the Netﬂix hit “House of Cards,” tells the timely political story about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.
The two-week run at The Beacon begins Friday, April 18. Showings are at 8 p.m. on Fridays (April 18 &25), Saturdays (April 19 & 26) and Thursday (April 24) and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. There is no performance on Easter Sunday.
Loosely based on the 2004 Democratic Primary race of Howard Dean, this 2008 play was the basis for the Oscar-nominated screenplay for the 2011 ﬁlm, “The Ides of March.”
4th Wall Theatrical Production executive director Christine Vittorini is co-directing the play with Ken Straus. “It’s your opportunity to see how the inside political game works,” says Vittorini. “While we tear each other apart on polar opposites of ideals as Democrats vs. Republicans, these people are pulling the very strings of the political puppets. And all the while, they are climbing up and over each other personally.” Vittorini notes that “Farragut North” is “not about current political issues such as taxes, gun control, women’s rights, dependent energy or any other social or world issue. It is about a game that very few participate in initially, but we all end up choosing sides in the end.
In the play, Stephen Bellamy is a “wunderkind” press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, Bellamy’s meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives.
“FARRAGUT NORTH is juicy entertainment. [A] whip-smart insider look at the soul-sucking world of political campaigns…the play’s taut scenes crackle with pithy talk, gripping plot turns and intriguing revelations.” —Variety.
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