John Gallagher Jr. Will Star in Political Play Farragut North in NYC

News   John Gallagher Jr. Will Star in Political Play Farragut North in NYC
 
Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr. will play a wunderkind press secretary in the world premiere of Beau Willimon's Farragut North for Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company this fall.
John Gallagher, Jr.
John Gallagher, Jr. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Tony winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) will direct the Spring Awakening star and a cast to be announced in the play about political personalities, to appear at ATC's Linda Gross Main Stage Oct. 22-Nov. 29. Gallagher played a trouble suburban kid in Rabbit Hole for Manhattan Theatre Club before becoming a genuine star as the troubled Moritz in the musical Spring Awakening, produced by ATC before moving to Broadway. He won a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

According to ATC, "Stephen is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual."

It's billed as "a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape — about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it."

Farragut North takes its name from the Washington, DC subway station that is situated near K Street, where several lobbyists work. Playwright-screenwriter Willimon worked for Howard Dean during his 2004 presidential run. That experience informs the play.

The Linda Gross Theater is located on West 20th Street.

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