THE BEST MAN
October 3 - 28
by Gore Vidal
This Tony Award winning play examines the two front runners for their party's presidential nomination. Ex-Secretary of State William Russell is a wit and a scholar with high principles but no integrity in the bedroom. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. Both vie for the support of ex-President Art Hockstader, a man who loves politics for its own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battle more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in selecting his party's candidate.
"Vidal's story is...suspenseful, funny...fresh!" — Associated Press.
“Modern political junkies and anyone craving a fix of old-time theater thrills should find it hard to resist “Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man.” ~ Newday.
The Best Man opened on Broadway in 1960 and was nominated for six Tony Awards. A revival opened on Broadway in September 2000 and again later in 2012. The 2012 revival closed in September 2012 and was nominated for two 2012 Tony Awards.
Directed by Camelot’s Production Manager and Resident Artist Roy Von Rains, Jr., Camelot’s production of “The Best Man” stars Don Matthews as William Russell, Renee’ Hewitt as Alice Russell, David Dials as Joe Cantwell, Presila Quinby as Mable Cantwell, Shirley Patton as Mrs. Sue-Ellen Gamadge and Grant Shepard as Art Hockstader.
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