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Based on a true story. 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. With a presidential election looming, a group of “ad-men” working for Lyndon Johnson create the most devastating and provocative political commercial ever made. In 1964, war was the objective; peace was the bait. - See more at:

Join us for the 10th year of nurturing new plays! 

This evening will present a panel discussion with playwright Sean Devine, Artistic Director John Langs, and the creative team of Daisy, and a reading of a few select scenes before its upcoming Mainstage production in July.

This year’s festival will feature the talents of ACT Core Company Members Kirsten Potter, Connor Toms, and R. Hamilton Wright, as well as Michael Gotch, Kate Jaeger, Sylvester Kamara, Adam Standley, and Maya Sugarman. 

Daisy by Sean Devine 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.

Part of the 2016 Icicle Creek New Play Festival.

The Icicle Creek New Play Festival offers playwrights the space, time and support they need to develop their new plays as they work alongside professional actors and directors, and then present their work to live audiences. After a week of rewrites and improvements to the plays, the Leavenworth community and theatre industry from around the country are invited to give feedback, and become part of the birth of new plays during presentations at the Snowy Owl Theater. Each August for eight years, the Icicle Creek New Play Festival has brought two brand new plays to ACT as part of ACTLab (formerly known as the Central Heating Lab). Three of those plays went on to win the Steinberg Award—the top award for plays produced outside of New York City. This year, the festival invites you to be the first in the world to hear two new plays by Jenny McConnell Davis and Eric Coble.

Find out more about Icicle Creek Center for the Arts on their website.

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.