A group of actors in various 50's style clothing stand hand in hand at the edge of a stage. Behind them the stage is decorated with political campaign slogans.
Cast of the Ford’s Theatre production of “State of the Union.” Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

State of the Union

A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Satire

date September 22, 2006 — October 22, 2006

This delightfully fresh satire skewers America’s favorite pastime, politics. It is also a sharp challenge to all Americans who are interested in the kind of government they’re getting and the kind of government they think they really deserve.

Artistic Team

Director Kyle Donnelly
Scenic Designer Kate Edmunds
Costume Designer Wade Laboissonniere
Lighting Designer Nancy Schertler
Sound Designer Garth Hemphill
Video Designer Peter Nigrini
Wigs and Hair Designer Cookie Jordan
Dramaturge Michelle T. Hall
Production Stage Manager Craig A. Horness
Assistant Stage Manager Brandon Prendergast
Casting Liz Woodman

Cast

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Jim Abele

Grant Matthews

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Christopher Bloch

Sam Parrish

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Michael Gabel

Senator Lauterback/Labor Leader

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Martha Hackett

Kay Thorndyke

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Naomi Jacobson

Norah/Mrs. Draper

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Ellen Karas

Mary Matthews

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Floyd King

Judge Alexander

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James Konicek

Swenson/Labor Leader

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Hugh Nees

William Hardy/Labor Leader

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Joe Peck

Stevens/Waiter

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Kip Pierson

Bellboy

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Andrew Polk

Spike McManus

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Nancy Robinette

Mrs. Alexander

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Sam Tsoutsouvas

James Conover

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Esther Williamson

Jenny

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Michael Bunce

Understudy

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Teresa Castracane

Understudy

From the Gallery

Two women in fancy dress sit on a white sofa sharing a conversation at a party.

Nancy Robinette and Ellen Karas. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

A woman in a mauve lace gown shakes hands with a man in a tuxedo at a party. Behind them, four other party attendees in tuxedos and fancy dress are gathered, as a waitress carrying drinks walks toward them.]

Cast of “State of the Union.” Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

An actress standing in an a-line grey satin skirt-suit and matching hat holds a newspaper and shares an exasperated look with a man standing behind a round mahogany table, who holds a clipboard. Seated at the table and on the left is a man reading another newspaper.]

Jim Abele, Andrew Polk and Ellen Karas. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

A couple in fancy dress stand greeting two others at a party. Behind them is a bar cart with assorted types of liquor.

Nancy Robinette, Floyd King, Andrew Polk and Ellen Karas. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

A couple in fancy dress stand greeting two others at a party. Behind them is a bar cart with assorted types of liquor.

Nancy Robinette, Floyd King, Andrew Polk and Ellen Karas. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.