Season 12: Plays & Musicals

September 16 - October 4, 2020

KENNEDY: BOBBY'S LAST CRUSADE

by David Arrow
Directed by Eric Nightengale



This is a film of the play. This play was originally scheduled to be produced by Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. live at Playhouse on Park. As a result of guidelines put forth by both Governor Ned Lamont and Actors Equity Association the play could not be produced in front of a live audience nor could it be filmed in CT. The play was filmed for Playhouse on Park audiences at the Theatre of St Clements in NYC. This is the same place it had its world premiere in 2018.


This solo play portrays Kennedy during his short, electrifying campaign for President of the United States. Told from Kennedy’s perspective, the play follows Bobby from his announcement to enter the race on March 16, 1968, to his last speech on June 4 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. You will see Kennedy’s most famous and impactful speeches, his private apprehensions, and well as the more personal events during those four exhilarating months of his ill-fated campaign.

"From the moment actor-playwright David Arrow takes the stage,
it's clear he is not merely portraying Robert F. Kennedy, he is Bobby Kennedy." -
-BroadwayWorld

"Kennedy: Bobby's Last Crusade is a play of hope and encouragement in a time where we need it most."--International Theatre Review

VOTE!

In the spirit of Kennedy, the team at Playhouse on Park is preparing to exercise their civic duty to vote and we want to encourage you to join us. While we will never tell you how to vote, we feel it is a part of our responsibility as members of this community to help you be best prepared to vote.

Learn about two non-partisan initiatives that we believe will help you leading up to November.

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Performance Schedule


WAYS TO VIEW

Running Time: 1 hr 37 minutes.

Single Ticket Buyers: You have options!

>>[Purchase a code for $20] and watch on your computer or mobile device. Once you purchase, your code will be sent to you - once you activate it (between September 16 and October 4) you'll have 48 hours to view the production.

>>View the production on Tuesday, September 22nd at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, which includes a post-show Q&A with actor/director David Arrow the play’s director Eric Nightengale. [details here]

>>At the Ingersoll PoP-Up Drive-In, Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT. For $20 per car [purchase tickets] you can watch the production under the stars on Thursday, October 1 (rain date: Sunday, October 4). Showtime: 7:30pm, gates open at 7:00pm. [Edmond Town Hall page]

Masks must be warn when not in your car. Space is limited to 42 cars. You may bring chairs and sit outside of your car but only to the left of your car. Concession treats (popcorn, water, candy, soda & water) are available to order through your phone once you are in the lot (scan the QR code provided to you at the parking lot entrance). All concessions will be delivered to your car by our staff

 

Subscribers:

You have the option to view the production using any of the options listed on this page (Online from your home, at DD Park, or at the Ingersoll PoP-Up Drive-In). You'll be contacted to see which option works best for you. For in-home viewinng, you'll receive an email from our Box Office which will contain a link and access code. You can access anytime between September 16 and October 4. Once you activate the code, you'll have 48 hours to view the production.

As a subscriber, you'll also receive extras: links to educational & informational supplements, initiatives, events and a activities which will be offered to enhance your experience.

The code is intended for the purchaser only for a one-time use and should not be shared with others.

Schools/Educators:

Kennedy: Bobby's Last Crusade is appropriate for grades 8 through 12 and college students. For information about purchasing an educational package, which includes a study guide, a link to stream and more, email Director of Education Elizabeth Simmons or call 860-523-5900 x16.


Full Calendar

Media

Welcome to Kennedy: Bobby's Last Crusade
Message from Tracy Flater, Darlene Zoller & Sean Harris

Promo Video


Interview with Playwright and Actor David Arrow

Read the interview

Press

Article: Hartford Courant
Review: The Westfield News
Review: Naugatuck Patch
Review: CT Critics - Holehan

Cast

DAVID ARROW (Bobby Kennedy, Playwright) has appeared in many Off-Broadway productions, among them; Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade. Other Off-Broadway credits include; Anonymous with Chip Zien and Vacuum at the Cherry Lane. David has also performed at regional theatres across the country. Work which includes: Charles in Blithe Spirit, Alan Turing in Breaking the Code, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Hannay in The 39 Steps, Torvald in Nora (Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of A Doll House), and in A Moon for the Misbegotten at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He won a Dramalogue Award for the title role in Albert Camus’ Caligula, and a Dean Goodman award for his performance in Benefactors.

Some other writing credits include: At the Cabaret Chat Noir, a play with music about the life of Toulouse Lautrec and the cabarets of late 19th-century Paris. He also adapted the screenplay for the award wining short film, Rules of Love.

David has appeared in several feature films, including; Joseph’s Gift, Igby Goes Down, Hostage, Moon Creek Cemetery, and the starring roles in The Dot Man directed by Bruno Coppola, and Rules of Love opposite Judy Greer. Television credits include Jon Benjamin has a Van, Days of Our Lives, Growing Pains, Passions, theHBO series, 12 Miles of Bad Road, Comedy Central’s Jon Benjamin Has a Van, and Broad City and, as Captain Andrew Sutherland on TURN.

David is married to the actress Amber Paul.

*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the professional union for actors and stage managers.

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We are partnering with the River Bend Bookshop in Glastonbury, CT. You may remember seeing their books on display during our production of Pride & Prejudice, and we are thrilled to be working with them once again! Riverbend has curated a collection of books related to KENNEDY.

20% of all sales will be donated to Playhouse on Park.

You may shop the collection and place your order online here. Books can be shipped directly to you. Or, if you live in the area, you may pick them up at the River Bend Bookshop.

Supplemental Online Reading


Bobby's Last Crusade: Timeline
Bobby's Last Crusade: Bio

 

RFK was a Human Rights Activist. His legacy lives on through Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. 

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that has worked to realize Robert F. Kennedy’s dream of a more just and peaceful world since 1968. In partnership with local activists, we advocate for key human rights issues, championing changemakers, and pursuing strategic litigation at home and around the world. And to ensure change that lasts, we foster a social-good approach to business and investment, and educate millions of students about human rights and social justice.  Learn more at: https://rfkhumanrights.org