12th Ave Arts MAINSTAGE Jan-18 to Feb-17, 2018 Thu-Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Mon 7:30pm No performance Monday Jan-22 Calendar
"It will be a sort of intellectual ‘Rocky.’ ” — Peter Morgan, describing to David Frost his idea for a play about Frost’s interviews with former President Richard Nixon
Three years after the Watergate scandal ended his presidency, Richard Nixon agreed to break his silence in a series of interviews with up-and-coming British broadcaster David Frost. Behind-the-scenes it was a battle of egos for the upper hand in controlling history, but as the cameras rolled, the world was riveted by a remarkably honest exchange between one man who has lost everything and another with everything to gain. The Frost/Nixon Interviews were ground-breaking in many ways. A past president had never sat for 28 hours of interviews and certainly not one as controversial as former President Nixon. In addition, journalists in England and America questioned Frost’s ability to ask substantial questions of Nixon that might reveal anything new. The New York Timescalled Frost a “news entertainer.” After the interviews aired, many skeptics changed their view.
Frost/Nixonpremiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in August 2006. It moved to Broadway in 2007. Both productions starred Frank Langella as former president Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen as broadcaster David Frost. The actors reprised their roles for the film, which was released in December 2008 and directed by Ron Howard.
written by Peter Morgan (2006) directed by Greg Carter
performed by Amy Thone Alexandra Tavares Dedra Woods Sarah Harlett Rhonda J Soikowski Anastasia Higham
designed and constructed by Reed Nakayama Brendan Patrick Hogan Catherine Cornell