Political choices for Quad-Citians will not end on Election Day. On Tuesday, when Americans cast their ballots, the cast of the District Theatre's new production, "The Best Man," will debut at 1611 2nd Ave., Rock Island.
Directed by Bryan Tank, Gore Vidal's 1960 play (which won the Best Play Tony) brings us to fictional presidential primaries in the summer of 1960 in Philadelphia, as an ethical man is running for the nomination against an unscrupulous man.
Populist Southern Sen. Joseph Cantwell (Jonathan Grafft) is a "bigot and a charlatan," while William Russell (Matt Mercer), who prides himself on his honesty, is the liberal candidate, "likable, forceful and humorous." Both candidates try to get the endorsement of the popular outgoing president, Arthur Hockstader (Pat Flaherty), who enjoys not telling them which one he'll endorse.
Helping to populate this political landscape will be Quad-Cities favorites Denise Yoder, Susan Perrin-Sallak, Danny White, Ed Villarreal, Doug Kutzli, Joseph Maubach, Bryan Woods, among other familiar faces.
"The Best Man" will be performed Nov. 6-10 and Nov. 15-17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. They're available at (309) 235-1654 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is Tuesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2014. There are 260 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted. 1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night. 1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.