Run Time: Two hours and 10 minutes, with one intermission

A world premiere based on a true story. While a presidential election is looming, turmoil over civil rights is spilling onto the streets, a fearful ideology is growing from the conservative right, and the threat of nuclear war is palpable. Daisy explores the moment in history where the most infamous political commercial ever made was created by a group of ad-men working for Lyndon B. Johnson and forever changed how we elect our leaders.

Watch the original 1964 ad on youtube.

Produced with support from Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre. Daisy was partially developed at the Icicle Creek New Play Festival, a program of Icicle Creek Center for the Arts.

Age Recommendation: 14+ for mature themes
ACT's policy is to inform audiences of content, but to let parents, guardians, and teachers make decisions that they feel is most appropriate for youth and teens in their care. Note there is haze and strobe effect.
Photo by Hayley Young Photography

Support provided by    Boeing Small 2

Cast
in alphabetical order

Tre Cotten
Bradford Farwell*
Michael Gotch*
Kirsten Potter*
Connor Toms*
R. Hamilton Wright*
Clifford Lewis
Aaron Ehrlich
Tony Schwartz
Louise Brown
Sid Myers
Bill Bernbach

Creative Team

John Langs
Shawn Ketchum Johnson
Kimberley Newton
Robert Aguilar
Robertson Witmer
Tristan Roberson
Kyle Ahluwalia
JR Welden*
David Hartig
Director
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Video/Projections Designer
Asst. Lighting Design
Stage Manager
Production Assistant

*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Sean Devine is the current Artistic Director of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, as well as a company co-founder. Sean is a playwright, performer, director and theatre producer, and has been involved in most of HHG Theatre’s productions. Sean directed the 2015 Ottawa productions of Re:Union (winner of the Prix Rideau Award for Best English Production, and nominated for a Best Director award) and Suit Up as part of SubDevision. Sean’s first play Re:Union premiered in Vancouver in 2011, was published in 2013, and was presented by the 2015 Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Sean’s second play Except in the Unlikely Event of War premiered in Vancouver in 2013. His new play Daisy was commissioned by NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, had a public reading in Toronto with Studio 180 Theatre, and will get its world premiere at ACT in Seattle in July 2016. Sean was recently commissioned to write When There’s Nothing Left to Burn for the University of Lethbridge. Sean was playwright-in-residence at GCTC (Ottawa) in 2014/15.

Aug 5 at 7:00pm | Sound Effect, A Pre-show Chat About Sound
Listen along as designer and composer Robertson Witmer demonstrates how sound can make or break your theatrical experience. 

Robertson Witmer was seen recently onstage at ACT as the musician in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. His recent sound design credits include The Mystery of Love & Sex, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Three Sisters (ACT); Romeo & Juliet, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Mother Courage (Seattle Shakespeare Company); and The Flick (New Century Theatre Company). His onstage appearances include A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Intiman, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Village Theatre), and West (On the Boards). In 2013, Rob received the Gregory Award for Outstanding Sound Design. He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829.

 

News
USA Today | 'Daisy Girl' political ad still haunting 50 years later
Washington Post | LBJ's attack ad 'Daisy' leaves a legacy for modern campaigns
CNN | Lyndon Johnson's 'Daisy' ad, which changed the world of politics, turns 50
Smithsonian Magazine | How the 'Daisy' ad changed everything about political advertising
Politico | LBJ's Ad Men: Here's how Clinton can beat Trump
Newsweek | A grown 'Daisy girl' recalls her infamous attack ad

Books
Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad That Changed American Politics by Robert Mann
Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning by David Mark (Chapter 3: The Rise of Attack Ads)
Videostyle in Presidential Campaigns: Style and Content of Televised Political Advertising by Lynda Lee Kaid and Anna Johnston (Daisy starts on page 150)

Websites
CONELRAD | Daisy: The Complete History of an Infamous and Iconic Ad
The Living Room Candidate

We're overwhelmed by our audience's response to Daisy! Take a look at what some of our patrons are saying below:

This is a MUST SEE play for all. It is so relevant to today's issues and the cast is so brilliant, you will be blown away! I'm going back to see it again!

Best. Show. Ever. A MUST SEE for every graphic designer out there!! GO... NOW!

Saw this Sunday. An excellent performance that is so relevant today. Powerful, thought provoking play. Cast is superb!!!!

One of the best plays my husband and I have ever seen! These actors are magnificent!!!!

Amazing. You won't believe the eerie similarities to today's political situation!!

Don't miss this!!! Incredible amazing theatre!!!!

Run...don't walk to this production. A. Mazing!

Saw the preview tonight and going back for opening night. Fantastic theatre! Must see, especially during this election year! Proud to be on the ACT board and representing such an outstanding theatre community!!

A morality play where politics and advertising intersect. A world premiere that will prove to be a classic. There is nothing preachy or judgmental in the telling of this story. Irony abounds. An incredible play and an incredible experience.

Just saw the world premiere of Daisy at ACT Theatre and I was on the edge of my seat the whole evening. It was not entertaining; it was riveting and sadly very relevant to today's racial and political scene. Everyone needs to see Sean Devine's play. The cast, sound, and visuals were more like a tight film - I was so moved by this show, I want a script because some of the lines were so moving.

It's Mad Men meets today's political climate. I highly recommend seeing Daisy at ACT. Playwright Sean Devine did a nice balance of capturing then with now. Plus, Kirsten Potter is fantastic! 🎭

Looking very forward to seeing this next Wednesday. ACT Theatre is amazing for innovative, eye-opening presentations. I have never been disappointed and have often been completely blown away.

The current production of Daisy is outstanding. The highest of acting, as usual, and sterling production. Thank you for another great show!

I was lucky enough to see a preview performance this past weekend and cannot wait for opening night on Thursday. Incredibly strong work across the board. This is a story which begs to be told now. Congratulations to ACT Theatre, Sean Devine and the entire Daisy team.

Daisy is intense, sharp, and incredibly intelligent.

Great opening for Daisy. Yes to new plays that make us think and look back to see how things change … or don’t change.

Amazing play. Powerful and brave.

Can't say enough about this play. Loved it. It challenged my thinking, it made me feel a range of emotions, and it still has me thinking about it 12 days after seeing it!