July 7 to 30, 2023
Love and intrigue collide in this post-World War 2 romantic comedy.
Wed. to Sun. matinees at 1:30pm
Wed., Thurs. and Sat. evenings at 7:30pm
Affairs of State is playwright and screenwriter Louis Verneuil’s classic, rediscovered post-WW2 comedic gem, a funny and intriguing story about the diplomatic deals and double crosses behind closed doors in Washington featuring a memorable love quadrangle that threatens the appointment of a new Under-Secretary of State. It’s a chance to revisit an age when satirical comedies were sophisticated, smart, sassy, insightful, and fun, with the wit and charm of the best Katharine Hepburn/ Spencer Tracy ﬁlms. It ran for over two years on Broadway when first produced. It’s a lovely show that evokes the post-war optimism that infuses so many of the era’s stories on stage and screen. And most remarkable of all, Democrats and Republicans speak civilly with one another!
Laurel Smith: Director, Artistic Producer
Holly Meyer-Dymny: Set Designer
Bonnie Garland: Costume Designer, Props Coordinator
Graham Price: Lighting Designer
Liam Bain: Technical and Production Coordinator, Sound Designer
Matthew Behrens: Associate Producer, Dramaturge
Wesley McKenzie: Production Consultant
Stage Manager: Barbara McLean Wright
Pre-show Talks by Matthew Behrens, Associate Producer, explain the history, story, background, and social/cultural context of the play and playwright and are included with the price of your ticket. Pre-show Talks are presented at 1pm before each matinee, and at 7pm before each evening performance.
AFFAIRS OF STATE is presented by special arrangement with CONCORD THEATRICALS.
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