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Frost / Nixon play debuts Nov. 11 at Playhouse Merced

Frost / Nixon play debuts Nov. 11 at Playhouse Merced (click on photo for larger view)
Frost / Nixon play debuts Nov. 11 at Playhouse Merced (click on photo for larger view)
Jim Kocher

“Frost / Nixon,” a drama about the 1977 television interviews between former President Richard Nixon and British talk show host David Frost, begins a two-weekend run at Merced’s Multi-Cultural Arts Center, 452 W. Main St., Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

‘Frost / Nixon” dramatizes the events leading up to, and including, the now famous televised interviews that President Nixon granted to David Frost. Background on both men is introduced, and some of the actual interviews are recreated, including the comments about Vietnam, The Pentagon Papers and Watergate.

Supporting characters within the show include Nixon’s former chief of staff, Jack Brennan, journalist and host of “60 Minutes,” Mike Wallace and talent agent Swifty Lazar.

Written in 2006 by Peter Morgan (“The Deal” “The Queen” and “The Last King of Scotland”) “Frost / Nixon” appeared on London’s West End in 2006 and starred Michael Sheen as David Frost, and Frank Langella as President Nixon. The two men resumed their lead roles when it moved to Broadway in 2007, and again when it was made into a 2009 movie, directed by Ron Howard.

Playhouse Merced’s production is directed by Rob Hypes, and features local actors Jim Bennett as David Frost and David Hambley as Richard Nixon. Rounding out the additional supporting players are Chris Battisti, Katherine Brokaw, John Callihan, Chenté Cervantes, Micah Chandler, Chelsea King, Stephen Larson, Garret Mayer and Patrick Walker. Costumes for “Frost / Nixon” are designed by Cindy Strauss with sets designed by Corey Strauss and lights designed by Chad Phillips.

This show is rated M = mature themes, situations and language.

“Frost / Nixon” opens Nov. 11 and plays two weekends through Nov. 20. Tickets are on sale now for Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2.

Tickets prices: Adults: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $10; Children: $8.

Purchase tickets by calling (209) 725-8587, or visiting the box office at 452 W. Main in downtown Merced, Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m.


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