Five Presidents

Arizona Theatre Company’s latest is a world première by Emmy-winning Rick Cleveland, who did a bunch of writing and producing for Six Feet Under and The West Wing. Cleveland’s new play, Five Presidents, imagines a conversation among U.S. presidents Clinton, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush before Richard Nixon’s 1994 funeral (also known as the Secret Service annual picnic). All five were really there, so maybe we’ll be hearing from Bill, Jimmy, or George about the accuracy of the script. Understandably, the play’s cast is a total sausage-fest, but that doesn’t mean the guys aren’t seasoned professional actors and, in some cases, quirkily interesting. For example, Jeff Steitzer, who plays Gerald Ford, is also the multiplayer Announcer in Halo. Opening night is Thursday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m. at 222 East Monroe Street. Tickets are $43 to $67 at or 602-256-6995. The production continues through Sunday, February 22.

Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m.; Thu., Feb. 12, 2 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 14, 2 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 21, 4 p.m. Starts: Feb. 5. Continues through Feb. 22, 2015
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
Contact: Julie Peterson