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World-Premiere Power Play


  • Credits

    Written and Directed
    by Aaron Posner

  • Location

    Arlene and Robert
    Kogod Cradle

“Posner distills the essence of a play in ways that intensify its emotional flavor.”

– The Washington Post

JQA is generously sponsored by the David Bruce Smith Foundation, Sue Henry and Carter Phillips and Susan and Steven Bralove, and is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Complicated, passionate and difficult, John Quincy Adams was a brilliant diplomat, ineffectual one-term President and congressman known for his eloquence, arrogance and integrity. This unique, highly-theatrical play by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) imagines key confrontations between JQA and some of America’s most dynamic figures: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, his own father, John Adams and more. At once provocative, haunting and hilarious, this power play challenges the way we think of our country, our government and ourselves.


Coming soon.


Aaron Posner

Playwright and Director

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Accessible Performances

Audio Described
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. purchase

Open Captioned
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. purchase
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. purchase


Post-Show Discussions
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12 p.m.