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All-star cast set for world premiere docudrama
‘The Tug of War’ by David Rambo
L.A. Theatre Works-commissioned work
explores decision-making by a president in crisis
Five performances only:
May 25-28, at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater
World premiere of The Tug of War — With the world on the brink of war, the judgment of an untested president is called into question. What kind of intellectual and emotional stamina does it take to make the right decision? As Soviet nuclear missiles move ever closer to Cuba, President John F. Kennedy must parse his inner circle’s conflicting counsel to prevent nuclear annihilation. This original L.A. Theatre Works commission by David Rambo (Empire, CSI) stars Matthew Arkin (Spaceman) as ambassador to the Soviet Union Llewellyn Thompson; Hugo Armstrong (Stitchers) as Lyndon B. Johnson; Seamus Dever (Castle) as Robert McNamara; Matthew Floyd Miller (Broadway productions of Not About Nightingales, The Invention of Love) as Robert F. Kennedy; James Morrison (24) as CIA director John McCone; David Selby (Falcon Crest, Dark Shadows) as Dean Rusk; Rich Sommer (Mad Men) as national security adviser McGeorge Bundy; Josh Stamberg (The Affair, Parenthood) as President John F. Kennedy; Nick Toren (General Hospital) as JFK speechwriter and adviser Ted Sorensen; John Vickery (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Babylon 5) as Nikita Khruschev; and Jules Willcox (Antaeus Theatre Company, Netflix series Bloodline) as Jackie Kennedy. L.A. Theatre Works’ syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM); can be heard daily in China and around the world on the Radio Beijing Network; can be downloaded as a podcast via iTunes and Wondery.com; and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
• Written by David Rambo
• Directed by Brian Kite
• Starring Matthew Arkin, Hugo Armstrong, Seamus Dever, Matthew Floyd Miller, James Morrison, David Selby, Rich Sommer, Josh Stamberg, Nick Toren, John Vickery, Jules Willcox
• Produced by Susan A. Loewenberg
• Presented by L.A. Theatre works
• Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m.
• Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m.
• Saturday, May 27 at 3 p.m.
• Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, May 28 at 4 p.m.
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)