February 24, 25, 26*, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun*)
March 2, 3, 4, 2017 (Thu, Fri, Sat)
Grand Opera House, Pierre, SD
Preview Performance: February 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Preview tickets are $5 at the door.
Tickets On Sale: February 13, 2017
Doors Open at 7:00 p.m., Performance at 7:30 p.m.
*Sunday Matinee Doors Open at 1:30 p.m., Performance at 2 p.m.
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Drama by Gore Vidal
Director Michael Pangburn
“The Best Man” crackles with the smart lines and situations inherent to the work of Gore Vidal. The political intrigues rampant in Vidal’s 1960 setting are strangely similar to the political intrigues of the present day. This darkly satirical drama finds two presidential contenders seeking the endorsement of an aging ex-president and explores how personal agendas can change the course of a nation’s destiny.
“Gore Vidal’s ‘The Best Man’ makes you wish that Vidal were writing the dialogue for the presidential debates. It brings to the backstabbing world of campaigning the bright verbal fire that ‘All About Eve’ and ‘Sweet Smell of Success’ brought to the backstabbing worlds of show business and journalism.” – The New York Times
Secretary William Russell: Tom Valentine
Alice Russell: Rebecca Cruse
Senator Joseph Cantwell: Sam Smith
Mabel Cantwell: Kristin Gabriel
Arthur Hockstader: Rex Craven
Sue-Ellen Gamadge: Leah Hilsabeck-Lowrey
Dick Jensen: Aaron Siebersma
Don Blades: Kalin Miller
Senator Clyde Carlin: Barry Le Beau
Dr. Artinian: Mike Gibson
Sheldon Marcus: Mark Hiatt
Catherine: Emily Nielson
Reporters: Patrick Bray, Matthew Gaffer, Emily Nielson, Joshua Penrod and Roxanne Smith
"The Best Man" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.