On Sept. 11, the 28th Street Theatre opened Atwater: Fixin' to Die, a chronicle of the life of Lee Atwater, the controversial Republican spin doctor, notorious for his mud-slinging tactics, who managed George Bush's victorious 1988 presidential campaign before going on to become the youngest chairman of the Republican National Committee.
The one-man show which is structured from actual interviews, letters, and conversations involving Atwater, begins with his college years and chronicles his life and work up until his death from brain cancer in 1991 at the age of 40.
The political play written by Robert Myers (Heartland, The Lynching of Leo Frank) and directed by Tony Award winner George Furth (Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Getting Away With Murder), stars Bruce McIntosh (Artistic Director, Metta Projects Theatre), who received a nomination for the Helen Hayes Award during the play's Washington D.C. stint. Michael Stepowany provides the lighting and set design for the production, and Danielle Ventimaglia is production stage manager.
Although the show has been produced several times nationally, there are no immediate plans for its future after the 28th Street run.
Atwater: Fixin' to Die will run through Oct. 26 at the 28th Street Theatre in Chelsea. For tickets or more information, call the 28th Street Theatre's box office at (212) 591-0019, Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100, or refer to the off-Broadway listing on Playbill On-Line. --By Jackie Mastropolo