Party Play: "Kings"

Beth Fhaner
 | Oct 22, 2018

Fresh from its New York premiere, Kings, Sarah Burgess’s timely play about how things get done in Washington, D.C., captured the attention of the First Night audience and never let up, keeping theatregoers riveted ​with whip-smart, funny dialogue and extraordinary performances.

Along with warm laughter, First Night attendees showed their appreciation for this sleek, comedy-drama with generous applause. Led by Dámaso Rodríguez’s direction, the entire ensemble delivered impressive performances while giving audiences a glimpse into the high-stakes, high-pressure world where politics, special interests and money collide. The talented cast includes Paige Lindsey White and Jules Willcox as two Washington lobbyists, Tracey A. Leigh as Rep. Sydney Millsap and Richard Doyle as Sen. John McDowell.

Honorary Producers and First Nighters Steve and Laurie Duncan and Samuel and Tammy Tang enjoyed seeing the play and found it to be an intriguing production.

“A commonly held truth is that money makes the world go round,” noted the Tangs. “Kings by Sara Burgess is an entertaining, witty and timely play whose enduring characters must confront this truth in our comical American political system!”

The Duncans added that the play was "a thought-provoking, timely political production that is perfectly cast and much funnier than we expected! The play’s humor captures both the possibility of a politician's integrity as well as the dark side of our current political system. It was ninety minutes very well spent!"

A special delight for the audience came just before the curtain when Managing Director Paula Tomei introduced and welcomed new Artistic Director David Ivers, who shared some remarks with First Nighters.

Guests who attended the cast party, co-sponsored by the Center Club, were welcomed to the stylish venue. Mason jars—filled with white hydrangeas and mini American flags—were adorned with red-and-white polka dot ribbons tied in bows and scattered throughout the elegant space.

Among the menu highlights was a savory fajita bar (trying to match the onstage sizzle of fajitas delivered during one scene) with a selection of toppings such as seasoned chicken breast, roasted peppers and onions, flour and corn tortillas, tortilla chips and salsa, chile con queso and sour cream. Partygoers also enjoyed an array of delectable hors d’oeuvres including BBQ beef brisket sliders, mac n’cheese balls and charred corn risotto, as well as domestic cheese platters, vegetable crudité platters and dips, artisan breads and crackers. Assorted mini desserts provided a sweet finish to the celebratory soiree.

The evening’s signature cocktail was “The Senator-ita”—a fitting beverage for a play exploring the currently relevant political theme of lobbyists in Washington. Comprised of tequila, triple sec and lime juice, the delicious drink was a hit with the festive crowd.

First Night theatregoers were delighted to have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the director and cast during the ​cast party. All the while, lively conversation and laughter continued to swirl around Kings, an absorbing, intelligent and very funny look at money’s corrosive effect on politics.

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