POTUS Has a Husband and a Lover in World Premiere Comedy at NYC's Abingdon

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Only a playwright who penned something called Texas Homos would write a comedy set in a future where the President of the United States — POTUS, in "West Wing" slang — has both a husband and a mistress.
Playwright Jan Buttram
Playwright Jan Buttram

Off-Broadway's Abingdon Theatre Company, which produced Texas Homos, will present the world premiere of Jan Buttram's The President and Her Mistress beginning April 13 toward an April 25 opening.

Performances play to May 13 at Abingdon's home at the June Havoc Theatre on West 36th Street.

Rob Urbinati directs the "far-out comedy," set in 2156 A.D., a time when women rule.

According to Abingdon notes, "Beck Shine is President of the United World. Insurgent men have taken 10,042 women hostage in Australia and, for the first time since the Femme Revolution, women are in danger; Candy Power (an evangelistic talk-show host) challenges Beck's political savvy; Beck's mother convinces her that 'nano-probe technology' will give her renewed youth and the energy to save her presidency; and Beck's husband and her mistress vie for her allegiance."

The cast features Jeremy Beck, Constance Boardman, Jan Buttram, Lori Gardner, Susanna Guzmán, Sherry Skinker and Danton Stone. The creative team includes set designer James F. Wolk, costume designer Polly J. Byers, lighting designer Matthew McCarthy and sound designer Graham Johnson.

Jan Buttram is the artistic director and founding member of Abingdon. She began her professional theatre career as an actress with the New Orleans Repertory Theatre under the direction of June Havoc. Abingdon produced her Texas Homos; Glory Girls; Zona, the Ghost of Greenbrier; Private Battles and The Parker Family Circus. She received a major grant from the Berrilla Kerr Foundation and the 1995 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays. Texas Homos was recently published in Smith and Kraus' Ten Best New Plays of 2005.

Performances of The President and Her Mistress play Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 PM with weekend matinees on Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM in the June Havoc Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased through SmartTix: www.smarttix.com, by calling (212) 868-4444, or at the box office prior to the show.


Abingdon Theatre Company, founded in 1993, "is dedicated to developing and producing new plays by American playwrights." Artistic Directors for Abingdon Theatre Company are Jan Buttram and Pamela Paul, and Samuel J. Bellinger is the managing director.

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