Monday & Tuesday, September 16 & 17, 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm
First Congregational Church, 199 Valley Street, Willimantic
British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughingstock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation's eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to out-talk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president's legacy.
CHARACTERS-10 males & 1 Female or 9M & 2F (includes # of lines)
Going with authenticity. None of the men would have whiskers or long hair with the exception of the Studio Manager, who could.
David Frost (203)- late 30s-40s. Internationally known talk show host, bon vivant.
Richard Nixon (141)- late 50s-60s. Former POTUS
James (Scotty) Reston (85)- 60s in real life, could be younger. Journalist/author. Often acts as Narrator, part of the Frost team, a well-known Nixon hater
Robert (Bob) Zelnick (67)- 50s or older. Member of the Frost team.
John Birt (62)- 30s or older. Television Producer. Frost’s #1 aide/ally
Col. Jack Brennan, Ret. (49)- late 30s or 40s. Nixon’s Chief of Staff. Does some narration
Caroline Cushing (37)- late 20s-30s, attractive, personable. Quickly becomes Frost’s GF.
Irving (Swifty) Lazar (19)- short, bald, 60s +/-. Well defined character.
Studio Manager (17)- appears throughout the play, any age, probably male but we’re open
Manolo Sanchez (2)- aide (servant) to Nixon, 30s or older. Appears whenever Nixon does
Ollie (2)- White House Photographer, (* Double with Captain, Waiter, Wallace, Make up)
*Airplane Captain (1)- offstage voice (Double with Ollie, et al)
*Waiter (1)- (Double with Ollie, et al)
*Mike Wallace (5)- Famous Television personality- 60 Minutes (Dbl w/ Ollie, et al)
*Make up person (0)- (Double with Ollie, et al)
Please contact director Wayne Trembly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
SHOW DATES: NOVEMBER 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2019