VP 2007 The Best Man

The Best Man

Written By: Gore Vidal
Directed by: Marc Malley
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

Run of Show

“The Best Man” ran January 12 – 27, 2007.

The Best Man PlaySynopsis

The New York Post describes the plot as follows: “…William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. And Arthur Hockstader is an ex-President, who loves politics for their own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battle more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in the selection of his party’s candidate…The ruthless young man has got hold of papers indicating that his rival once suffered from a mental crackup, which he is all set to use. Then his scrupulous antagonist comes across some incriminating evidence about Cantwell, which he is loath to produce. The scruples don’t appeal to the ex-President, who enjoys seeing the boys fight. All of this provides the framework for some vivid and interesting scenes in which Mr. Vidal contrasts the minds, emotions and fighting spirits of the two candidates…”


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The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Fmr. Sec. of State William Russell Norb Mills
Alice Russell Jean Mills
Dick Jensen Pat Mahoney
Catherine Kara Ayers
Sen. Joseph Cantwell Ben Lumbrezer
Mabel Cantwell Suzanne Jennens
Don Blades Charles Crockett
Ex-President Arthur Hockstader Paul Palmisano
Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge Diana West
Sen. Clyde Carlin John Henry
Dr. Artinian Nicholas Aharon Boggioni
Sheldon Marcus Brad Riker
1st Reporter & Delegate Chris Hall
2nd Reporter & Delegate Megan Ray
3rd Reporter & Delegate Frank Venda
4th Reporter & Delegate Kara Ayers
5th Reporter & Delegate Brandon Ware

Program Staff

Director Marc Malley
Producer Jean Mills
Set Design John van der Meer
Stage Managers Judson Lohman & Paige Price
Lighting Designer Dan Finkel
Lighting Crew Sue Dessner & Jeff Mills
Costume Design Christine Youngs
Property Masters Sue Dennis
Property Crew Ernie Brown, Jean Brown, Robert Ingram , & Wendy Speiser
Set Construction John Henry, John van der Meer, Steve Mierzejewski, Norb Mills, Bob Smith, & Don Weber
Set Dressing Jean Mills & Brad Riker
Scenic Art Derek Hansen, Judson Lohman, Megan Ray, Brad Riker & Brandon Ware
Sound Design Don Weber
Sound Crew Derek Hansen & Alison Stark
Program Laura Ahrens, Jake Gordy & Frank Venda
Program Art & Cover Design H.O.T. Graphics
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey
Box Office Staff Kimberley Bruggemann, Sandy Fry, Darlene Hatfield, Barbara Heindel, Sue Holliger, Carol Hojnacki, Rita Konecki, Debbie Krieger, Diane Nowakowski, Jinny Patterson, & Judy Wiederhold
Program Printing The Copy Center
Marquee Signs Larry Janney & Norb Mills
Theatre Photographer Frank Venda
Special Thanks Children’s Theatre Workshop, Kevin Charles Hair Artistry, Maumee High School Drama Department, WNWO TV, NBC 24, Political Posters Courtesy of Mike Orra of CAD Graphics, Inc.

The Show!

Setting: A presidential convention in Philadelphia, 1960.

Act I

Scene 1. A Sheraton Hotel suite.
Scene 2. Senator Joseph Cantwell’s suite. The same evening.
Scene 3. William Russell’s suite. The following morning.

Act II

Scene 1. Cantwell suite. A few minutes later
Scene 2. Russell suite. A few minutes later.
Scene 3. Cantwell suite. A few minutes later.
Scene 4. Russell suite. The next morning.