Theodore Roosevelt Explored in Bully Pulpit Beginning April 29 Off-Broadway | Playbill

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News Theodore Roosevelt Explored in Bully Pulpit Beginning April 29 Off-Broadway The Bully Pulpit, a one-man play about the life of 26th President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, will begin previews April 29 at Off-Broadway's Samuel Beckett Theatre.

Written and performed by Michael O. Smith, the production features direction by Byam Stevens. Opening night is scheduled for May 14; the limited engagement will run through June 29.

"The year is 1918," states Pulpit press notes. "The scene is in Sagamore Hill, New York, Roosevelt's beloved home. Ten years out of office and coming to grips with his legacy, [the play] takes the audience on a passionate journey behind Teddy's gruff exterior into the complex persona of a true American legend. Taking place on Teddy's 60th birthday, surrounded by mementos of his adventures as a rancher, Rough Rider, naturalist and President, Roosevelt re-examines the events of his colorful life from humorous and characteristically blunt perspective."

The Bully Pulpit, which has played theatres around the country, made its premiere in 2004 at The Florida Playwrights Festival.

The current production, produced by South Ark Stage, features scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, lighting design by Jill Nagle and sound design by Tom Shread.

The Samuel Beckett Theater is located in Manhattan at 410 West 42nd Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting For more information visit

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