Four prominent members of the Trump administration along with many U.S. senators managed to make their New York stage debuts Thursday night — sort of.
New York’s Public Theater and London’s National Theatre co-presented a one-night-only staged reading of English director Nicolas Kent’s docudrama “All the President’s Men? Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet” at Town Hall. The play also received a one-night showing last month in London’s West End.
Alec Baldwin, who has won acclaim for his outlandish portrayal of Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” played Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Others in the cast included Ellen Burstyn (Elizabeth Warren), Ron Rifkin (Bernie Sanders), Denis O’Hare (Lindsey Graham) and Raúl Esparza (Marco Rubio).
The play was culled together and taken verbatim from hours of live testimony and confrontational cross-examination during the confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate.
During a preshow speech to the packed audience, Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis said that Kent telephoned him in December with the idea of creating the play. Eustis explained that the play was not intended to “spin” or “satirize” current politics but to “try to distill something that is affecting all of our lives.”
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story gave the wrong location for the production. The staged reading took place at Town Hall.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story included an incorrect spelling of the director’s name.