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
in alphabetical order
R. Hamilton Wright*
| Clifford Lewis
Shawn Ketchum Johnson
Asst. Lighting Design
*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.
Jul 12 | Humanities Washington "Think & Drink"
Start the conversation before seeing Daisy at Humanities Washington’s upcoming “Think & Drink,” 7:00pm at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Avenue N., Seattle, 98103
"American Rage: Division and Anger in US Politics"
Violence at rallies, sit-ins on the House floor, and Twitter taunts. How did we get here? Has U.S. politics ever been more divided and aggressive? Will it get better or worse? And is our increasingly media-saturated environment helping or hurting our divisions and discourse? Join WSU professors Cornell Clayton, co-editor of Civility and Democracy in America; and Travis Ridout, co-author of The Persuasive Power of Campaign Advertising, for an exploration of our polarized times. Moderated by KUOW's Ross Reynolds. More info.
Aug 5 | 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.
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
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)
CONELRAD | Daisy: The Complete History of an Infamous and Iconic Ad
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