Run Time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission

The August project was brought to us by our friend Kurt Beattie. It was written by Charles MacArthur, the co-author of The Front Page (and husband to the great American actress Helen Hayes). And the play is a comedy about—imagine our gall in this political season—politics. Election day in an unnamed state south of the Mason-Dixon line. The governor will probably be re-elected, and when he is, his crackerjack fixer plans to leave town to marry his sweetheart, the governor’s secretary … But there’s a couple problems that the two of them have to solve first: 1. The governor has a fatal heart attack, 2. Said heart attack is in the arms of a notorious madam. These complications lead to further complications, and those complications have complications of their own. It’s a field day for a bunch of terrific actors!

Each month, ESTP presents a play from the world's greatest playwrights—the seldom-seen or unfamiliar works that call out to us from the bookshelf. For our book-in-hand presentations, Seattle's finest actors combine with adventurous and imaginative audiences for unforgettable evenings.

Part of the series: Endangered Species Theatre Project

Endangered Species Theatre Project is an organization of distinguished Seattle theatre artists dedicated to presenting plays that seldom get full productions. While it is an essential duty of theatres to read and develop new work, there’s a parallel need to bring older neglected plays back to the stage. Through our simply staged readings, we lend live voices to plays that are now silent on our bookshelves.

Founded in February of 2011, Endangered Species Theatre Project has consistently mounted monthly readings. Expanding from our core group of eleven, dozens of Seattle’s best and bravest actors have been instrumental in bringing new life to these plays. We strive to do nothing that gets between the audience and the play. We want to give full scope to those two most powerful forces in the theatre: a playwright’s ideas and the audience’s imagination.

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