The Best Man

The Best Man

February 24, 25, 26*, 2017 (Fri, Sat, Sun*)
March 2, 3, 4, 2017 (Thu, Fri, Sat)
Grand Opera House, Pierre, SD
Preview Performance: February 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Preview tickets are $5 at the door.

Tickets On Sale: February 13, 2017

Doors Open at 7:00 p.m., Performance at 7:30 p.m.
*Sunday Matinee Doors Open at 1:30 p.m., Performance at 2 p.m.
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Drama by Gore Vidal
Director Michael Pangburn


“The Best Man” crackles with the smart lines and situations inherent to the work of Gore Vidal. The political intrigues rampant in Vidal’s 1960 setting are strangely similar to the political intrigues of the present day. This darkly satirical drama finds two presidential contenders seeking the endorsement of an aging ex-president and explores how personal agendas can change the course of a nation’s destiny.


“Gore Vidal’s ‘The Best Man’ makes you wish that Vidal were writing the dialogue for the presidential debates. It brings to the backstabbing world of campaigning the bright verbal fire that ‘All About Eve’ and ‘Sweet Smell of Success’ brought to the backstabbing worlds of show business and journalism.”  – The New York Times



Secretary William Russell: Tom Valentine

Alice Russell: Rebecca Cruse

Senator Joseph Cantwell: Sam Smith

Mabel Cantwell: Kristin Gabriel

Arthur Hockstader: Rex Craven

Sue-Ellen Gamadge: Leah Hilsabeck-Lowrey

Dick Jensen: Aaron Siebersma

Don Blades: Kalin Miller

Senator Clyde Carlin: Barry Le Beau

Dr. Artinian: Mike Gibson

Sheldon Marcus: Mark Hiatt

Catherine: Emily Nielson

Reporters: Patrick Bray, Matthew Gaffer, Emily Nielson, Joshua Penrod and Roxanne Smith


"The Best Man" is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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