Lincoln Center, 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

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The City of Conversation

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Closed July 26, 2014

A "juicy" and "terrific" new play!

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Why See The City of Conversation?

Five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell plays Hester Ferris, the Washington DC socialite whose dinner parties always contained a steady mix of fine wine and top politicians. Her world is turned around though when her darling son brings home a new girlfriend - and some new political views which are quite different to hers.

The City of Conversation is set across six White House administrations spanning from the end of President Carter's term to the start of the Obama presidency. This LCT production is the world premiere of The City of Conversation, a brand new play by Anthony Giardina. It is directed by Doug Hughes, who also directed Outside Mullingar and Doubt, for which he won a Tony Award in 2005.

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Previews from: 10 April 2014

Opening night: 9 May 2014


May be inappropriate for 11 and under. Please also note that children under the age of five are not permitted into the theatre.

Cast and Creative


Jan Maxwell as Hester Ferris
John Aylward as Senator Mallonee
Phillip James Brannon as Donald
Kristen Bush as Anna Fitzgerald
Beth Dixon as Jean Swift
Barbara Garrick as Carolyn Mallonee
Luke Niehaus as Ethan Ferris
Kevin O'Rourke as Young Chandler Harris
Michael Simpson as Colin/Ethan Ferris


Written by Anthony Giardina
Directed by Doug Hughes
Costume Design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design by Tyler Micoleau
Original Music and Sound by Mark Bennett

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