An ensemble of 40 actors will play an array of famed politicians and delegates in Danny Rocco's immersive Convention at the Irondale in Brooklyn. Composed like an orchestral piece of music, the play takes audiences behind the political veil to reveal the backdoor motions, grievances, and conflicting wants that ultimately led the 1944 Democratic delegates astray from their progressive mission.
Convention details the true story of when Vice President Henry Wallace was denied nomination as FDR’s running mate in favor of the more moderate Senator Harry Truman at the 1944 event.
Performances will run June 7–29 at the Irondale with an opening night set for June 13. Click here for tickets.
Shannon Fillion will direct a cast that includes Brandt Adams, Ashley Alvarez, Claire Anderson, Christina Bottley, Paul Blaise Corning, Charles Everett, Alaina Fragoso, Kyle Fitzpatrick, Ginnie House, Greg Hudson, Matt Hurley, Nina Kova, Michael Leon, Kathleen Littlefield, Sue Kim-Molina, Ally Musmeci, Michael Pantozzi, McLean Peterson, Catherine Pulley, Jessica Rogers, Becca Schneider, Danny Serpati, Lizzie Stewart, Sarah Sutliff, and Adrienne Witt. More actors will be announced later.
Convention is produced by Justin Brock Schantz and Joseph Longthorne. The production will feature scenic design by Taylor Friel, lighting design by Erin Feil, sound design by Megumi Katayama, and costume design by Jen Raskopf.