World-Premiere Power Play
March 1 – April 14
Written and Directed
by Aaron Posner
Arlene and Robert
“Posner distills the essence of a play in ways that intensify its emotional flavor.”
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.
The Presidential Voices Cycle of the Power Plays is generous sponsored by Joseph P. DiGangi and an anonymous life-long Washingtonian.
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.
JQA runs approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.
JOSHUA DAVID ROBINSON
HETHYR (RED) VERHOEF
EMILY ANN MELLON
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