The Trial of an American President, a new play by Dick Tarlow with Bill Smith, officially opens September 29 at Off-Broadway’s Lion Theatre. Each night, an actor playing former President George W. Bush is put on trial during the show for the destabilization of the Middle East—with eight audience members as the jury.
With the verdict changing nightly, the ending of the show changes as well. Directed by Stephen Eich, The Trial of an American President began performances September 17. Tony Carlin (Sylvia, Fish In The Dark) plays Bush, and is joined by Mahira Kakkar (Clive ) as narrator and Michael Rogers (Joe Turner Has Come and Gone) as prosecutor.
“With the continuing rise of ISIS and ongoing worldwide terrorism, world leaders demanded answers about who was responsible for the destabilization of the Middle East,” production notes state. “The International Criminal Court at The Hague reached out to President George W. Bush to be accountable for his actions. Against the wishes of his family and advisors, Bush remarkably has agreed to stand trail.”
“I feel strongly that it is time for President George W. Bush's actions to be properly examined,” added Tarlow in a press statement. “I was inspired to write this play out of concern for my children and grandchildren in the current world sociopolitical climate which I feel can be linked to the actions of the Bush presidency.”
The Trial of an American President has scenic design by Ann Beyersdorfer (50 Shades! The Musical Parody national tour), sound design by Alex Dietz-Kest (The Diary of Anne Frank), lighting design by Ben Green (All Shook Up), video design by Phil Coccioletti at Sugarcamp Productions and projection design by Kevan Loney (Icon).
The show is produced by Shelter Entertainment LLC and Hello Larry Ltd.; performances run through October 15.