FAIR LAWN, N.J.– Fair Lawn's Old Library Theatre will present Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" next month.
"It is the 1960 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, and William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is locked in a nomination battle with Senator Joseph Cantwell – with neither of them having the number of delegates needed to win their party’s nomination," according to the theater. "When each rival gets a hold of personal information he believes disqualifies his opponent, the former President, Arthur Hockstader, steps in with an agenda all his own: to ensure the best man is chosen.
"Written by Gore Vidal, the play expertly explores the uneasy relationships between power and ethics, goodness and ambition, and what the public wants in a president versus what they really need in one," said director Craig M. Tiede. "It’s an ideal play for OLT to produce at this heightened political moment
"The Best Man is a really timely project, especially going into an election year," said the theater's publicity chair, Evan Tintle Charpentier. "The play deals a lot with the nature of power, morality and what makes a person well-suited to serve. The play is titled "The Best Man," but it asks the question, 'What makes a good man?'"
Julie Galorenzo will serve as producer. There is a 19-person cast.
"Craig is the perfect person to direct it," Charpentier said. "Everyone in the production is really talented and very focused on telling this story. It's a very creative and collaborative process."
The Sept. 16 and 17 shows will begin at 8 p.m. The Sept. 18 show will start at 2 p.m.
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