By Robert Simonson
02 Nov 2013
Broadway has seen its share of Presidential portrayals. Lincoln, Truman, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, Nixon have all graced the stage — as characters, of course. No actual Presidents have appeared in a Broadway play; not even a Presidential candidate. Until now.
Fred Dalton Thompson, who ran for President in 2008, plays a judge in Rupert Holmes' stage adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller A Time to Kill. Thompson is far from shy about the intriguing asterisk that accompanies his stage debut. In fact, he amended the information, with a hearty laugh, pointing out that he is also probably the only former Senator to have acted on Broadway.
"These things have kind of presented themselves along the way," he said of his variegated career, which has for 30 years ricocheted regularly between politics and acting. "Doors opened and I walked through them."
As a former small-town lawyer from the South, nobody had to explain to Thompson the plot of A Time to Kill — whose protagonist is a small-town lawyer from the South.Continued...