Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Special $10 advanced tickets for election night showing November 6! Purchase tix at thebardstown.com
Performances November 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10. All shows at 7:30 PM.
44 Plays For 44 Presidents is a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the office so far, told in 2-minute plays dedicated to each of the 44 presidencies. Their mistakes and successes are celebrated by a company of actors who take turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. Beginning with George Washington's almost Eden-like perfection, the scenes shift frequently between the comic and the tragic, from Ben Franklin giving Thomas Jefferson a Borscht Belt-style roast, to the frank portrayal of William Henry Harrison's life as an "Indian slayer," and later the grim onset of the Civil War. Act II starts off the twentieth century with the assassination of William McKinley, moves through a Nixon-praising dance number, a George Bush Sr. mini-musical about dirty campaigning and arrives at a polarized America in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama plays. Audience members consider their role in shaping the history they've just witnessed, as they are left to ponder where the presidency has gone since its fall from paradise...and where it will go next. The show ends with cast members handing out voter registration cards and urging audience members to recruit the apathetic among them—regardless of party affiliation—to vote.
• The Plays for Presidents Festival is the largest election year theatre project in American history! With 44 confirmed productions across the country, the Festival team has overcome the record formerly held by the Federal Theatre Project which inspired 21 simultaneous productions of Sinclair Lewis' It Can’t Happen Here in 1936.