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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.