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Theatrical Selections: A Face in the Crowd

Directed by Matthew Gardiner

October 24, 2016


Free, No Tickets Required

A reading of the screenplay of the celebrated 1957 film, directed by Elia Kazan and starring Andy Griffith. Part rags-to-riches cautionary tale, part political thriller, and part doomed romance, A Face in the Crowd foretold how mass media, celebrity, commerce and politics would become forever intertwined, in a way that was almost incomprehensible when it was written.

Theatrical Selections: A free, politically-charged play reading series

In the weeks leading up to the nation’s presidential election, five leading D.C. theatres will collaborate to bring politics and drama to the stage. Arena Stage, the Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre and Studio Theatre present “Theatrical Selections: A free, politically-charged play reading series.” Each theatre will host a reading of a play they feel reflects the country’s current political and social environment, and will consider political moments from burgeoning fascism in the 1930s to partisan horse-trading in modern America.

Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus a 15-minute intermission

Free, no tickets required

Ali’s Bar will be open with a drinks-only menu; no food will be available.