The weekend before this country's big election, there's a unique local event happening sure to get voters in a political mood.

The Phillips Academy Department of Theatre and Dance is staging The Neofuturist’s "44 Plays About 44 Presidents."

Eighteen students play over 160 roles in a series of exuberant two-minute plays examining the life and times of 44 presidents and the two current candidates - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Co-directed by Allen Grimm and Kevin Heelan, "44 Plays About 44 Presidents" highlights the internal conflict in the American Dream, where idealism fades into the backdrop of history. The storytelling power of theatre unmasks the short comings of our humanity, according to organizers.

The cast and crew of the show includes Dakoury Godo-Solo ’17, Ian Hurley ‘19, and Abigail Johnson ’19 of Andover; Grace Anthony ’17, Kalina Ko ’17, and Niko Skrivanos '17 of North Andover; Nell Fitts ’18 of Haverhill and Kiarah Hortance ’17 of Salem, N.H.

"44 Plays for 44 Presidents" is managed by Andrew Stern ’19 and Carley Kukk ’19, assistant directed by Lesley Tilghman ’19. Scene work, lighting, and projection design is by Technical Director Jake Josef and costume designs are by guest artist Andrew Poleszak, made possible by a grant from the Abbot Academy Association, continuing Abbot's tradition of boldness, innovation, and caring.

Performances are Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Steinbach Theatre. Tickets are $5 each and may be reserved through the PA box office at 978-749-4433.


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