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 Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 2013. There are 220 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The annual review of the fire department of this city took placeyesterday and made a fine showing with machines and hose carts in tip-top order. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Last night's prayer meeting at Central Presbyterian Church wascalled off due to water in the basement, residue of last week's flood. 1913 -- 100 years ago: The junior class of Rock Island High School will hold a riverexcursion on the steamer St. Paul next Tuesday. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The 75th Anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal today finds thenation's largest ordinance manufacturing plant filling many important orders for the army. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Miss Patrice Daly, Rock Island, a senior at Rock Island HighSchool, won second place in the recent state public speaking contest held in Peoria underthe auspices of the Knights of Pythias. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Hampton's sesquicentennial committee and the Hampton HistoricalSociety have scheduled a full slate of activities, which will be held throughout the year, to celebrate the village's 150th birthday. The first celebration will be the Memorial Dayprogram at 10 a.m. May 30, at the Brettun and Black Store Museum on River Road. Therewill be a sesquicentennial display.