The Best Man

By Gore Vidal

Directed by David Pausch

At the Presidential primaries in the summer of 1960 in Philadelphia, an ethical man running for the Presidential nomination runs against an "unscrupulous" man. Populist southern senator Joseph Cantwell is a "bigot and a charlatan", while William Russell, who prides himself on his honesty, is the liberal candidate, "likable, forceful and humorous." Both candidates try to get the endorsement of the popular outgoing president, who enjoys not telling them which one he'll endorse.

Timely & thought-provoking political thriller about ambition, scandal, ruthlessness, & corruption.

Produced by Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: November 2-17, 2018

Performance Times:
Fri, Nov 2; Sat, Nov 3 - 7:30 pm
Thurs, Nov 8; Fri, Nov 9; Sat, Nov 10 7:30
Sun, Nov 11 2:00 matinee
Thurs, Nov 15; Fri, Nov 16 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov 17 2:00 matinee

Ticket Prices: $20. Call box office for group rates

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions: Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31 – 6:30 – 9:00 each night -- at the Lakeview Moravian Church.3565 Tulane Avenue. Enter at "Office" door on Hargrove Street.   Online sign-up required.  Sign up for a 30-minute slot at:  If you can't make one of these nights, please contact the producer, Jim Chiolino:

What to prepare: Actors will also be asked to read a short selection from the script. These will be provided when you come to the audition