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The Columnist

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Closed July 8, 2012

John Lithgow stars in David Auburn's highly charged political drama.

Why See The Columnist?

He was beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world. But as the ‘60s approached and American culture entered a time of dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe was embroiled in became deeply personal as well. Tony® and Emmy® Award winner John Lithgow takes on the role of Joseph Alsop in The Columnist.

Joseph Alsop, a real-life, much-feared (and powerful) Washington columnist, becomes embroiled in a highly charged political drama that is also deeply personal.

David Auburn's (Proof) latest drama portrays the dilemma faced by powerful Washington columnist Joseph Alsop, who publicly hosts the Kennedy Camelot circle while keeping hidden deep parts of himself.

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Previews from: 4 April 2012

Opening night: 25 April 2012

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Cast and Creative


John Lithgow as Joseph Alsop
Margaret Colin as Susan Mary Alsop
Boyd Gaines as Stewart Alsop
Stephen Kunken as Halberstam
Marc Bonan as Philip
Grace Gummer as Abigail
Brian J. Smith as Andrei


Director: Daniel Sullivan
Author: David Auburn
Scenic Design: John Lee Beatty
Costume Design: Jess Goldstein
Lighting Design: Kenneth Posner
Original Music, Sound Design: John Gromada
Projection Design: Rocco DiSanti

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