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Publisher's Summary

Renowned theater critic John Lahr created a bold reworking of Richard Condon’s political thriller, updating the action to the 1990s while retaining the core premise of a brainwashed war hero who’s programmed to become an assassin. Kelsey Grammer stars as Raymond Shaw in this co-production with Chicago’s Shattered Globe Theatre, starring the original cast.

Recorded before a live audience at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Chicago in March 1996.

Director: Louis Contey

Producing Director: Susan Albert Loewenberg

Rich Baker as Gaines, Jordan and others

Mara Casey as Doctor, Nurse and others

Mark Alexander Clover as Melvin and others

Joe Forbrich as Ben Marco

Julie Gainey as Jocelyn Jordan

Kelsey Grammer as Raymond Shaw

Rebecca Jordan as Eugenie

Doug McDade as Senator John Iselin

Brian Pudil as Jorgenson and others

Linda Reiter as Eleanor Iselin

Jim Saltorous as O’Neill

Radio Producer: Robert Neuhaus

Recording Engineer: Larry Rock

Assistant Engineer: Mike Konopka

Foley Artist: Judy Anderson

Production Stage Manager: Patrick Brannick

Original Music by JJ Porterfield

Public Domain (P)1997 L.A. Theatre Works

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Nice distillation

Fine job by the cast, including Kelsey Grammar and a show stealer from whoever who played the VP candidate.
The new setting of who the conspirators were is a little PC hoaky, common for LA Theater, but luckily didn't spoil the play and added one humdinger of a performance by one cast member.