1944 DNC: Immersive Political Theatre
CONVENTION is the true-and-overlooked story of what went down at the 1944 Democratic National Convention. Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for his fourth term and on the brink of death, is choosing his running mate for Vice President. The Vice President will become President.
A bidding war begins. Voter manipulation, power corruption, special interests, big business, sexism, racism. When we developed the play after the 2016 election, it seemed timely ... now, it seems almost prescient.
Yeah, yeah politics. What’s new? This.
Composed like an orchestral piece of music using the Score Technique, a massive ensemble of 42 actors create a unique narrative experience: a play that is equal parts immersive and traditional; about big ideas, in slapstick.
Convention was commissioned and developed at the Atlantic Acting School, where it received two workshop productions at the historic Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea. Now, it’s moving to the big time.
In June 2019, Convention will have a world-premiere run at the renowned Irondale Theater in Brooklyn, just steps away from BAM. An old church converted into a epic multilevel theater space, Irondale is as big as our ambition!