INHERIT THE WINDBAG
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
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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All performances are open captioned. All post show discussions are ASL interpreted.
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Lighting & Projections Designer
Assistant Stage Manager
David Bryan Jackson
INHERIT THE WINDBAG
Discussion with the Creative Team Moderated by Ari Roth, Mosaic Founding Artistic Director with panelists Director Lee Mikeska Gardner, actors John Lescault and Paul Morella.
Discussion with Writer Alexandra Petri
Moderated by Ari Roth, Mosaic Founding Artistic Director with panelist Alexandra Petri, playwright and Washington Post columnist.
Conservatives, Liberals, and How We All Got Here Moderated by Michael Feldman, Co-facilitator of the Theater and Policy Salon with panelists Steve Clemons, Editor at Large, The Hil; Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; and Cynthia Schneider, Distinguished Professor of Practice Diplomacy, Co-Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University.
The Downfall of Political Discourse/The Rise of Political Spectacle Moderated by Mel Hardy, Millennium Arts Salon, Center for Contemporary Art, PeaceAction, and Mayors for Peace - with panelist Professor Michael Cornfield, Political Scientist; Associate Professor of Political Management at The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management; Research Director for the Global Center for Political Management; and author of Politics Moves Online: Campaigning and the Internet.
An Insider's Look at 1968: Partisanship Then and Now Moderated by Stephen Stern, Mosaic Theater Founding Board Chair, Public Programming - with panelists Imani M. Cheers, Award-winning digital storyteller, director, producer and filmmaker.
Race, Gender, and Sexuality on the Political Stage Moderated by Laley Lippard, Theater Director and Manager of Public Programming and Partnerships - with panelist Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., Author, Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants; Director & Associate Professor, Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), The George Washington University.
Discussion with the Creative Team
A Brief History of Politics and the Media: Television, Cable News, and the Internet Moderated by Angelisa Gillyard, Manager of Outreach and Community Engagement.
by Ari Roth, Founding Artistic Director
by Shirley Serotsky, Production Dramaturg