By Alexandra Petri
Directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner 
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Featuring John Lescault as William F. Buckley and Paul Morella as Gore Vidal
Part of Locally Grown Mosaic
and recipient of a Trish Vradenburg Play Commission
Interview with Alexandra Petri
Coming Summer, 2020
All dates are subject to change


WORLD PREMIERE: In the summer of 1968, liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley met for a series of debates that rocked America and defined the genre of punditry. Now, for one evening only, Vidal and Buckley meet in the Dismal Beyond (also known as the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA) to reprise their infamous debate. What ensues is a battle for history itself, in a no-holds-barred sesquipedalian brawl and satirical battle of wits, assisted by an ever revolving cast of characters from Truman Capote, to James Baldwin to Ayn Rand.

Lead Underwriter: The Vradenburg Foundation

Every performance will be Open Captioned



“Playwright and Washington Post humorist Alexandra Petri once again delivers a delightfully and deliriously funny production.”
Washington City Paper


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Emily Lotz

Set Designer

Dylan Uremovich

Lighting & Projections Designer

Raquis Petree*

Stage Manager

Bryan Boyd

Assistant Stage Manager

Willow Watson

Properties Designer

Brandee Mathies

Costume Designer

David Bryan Jackson

Sound Designer

Shirley Sertosky





Coming Soon


Letter from the Artistic Director

by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director

Inherit the Windbag: Whos's Who and What's What

by Shirley Serotsky, Production Dramaturg



Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-399-7993 ext 2


Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 3 PM to 6 PM

In person: 2 hours prior to show on show days

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.