Who can forget the roller coaster ride of the 2016 Presidential Election, the most dramatic in our history, the surprising results of which have tested our democracy and changed our society?
Before & After is a two-act play that revisits the events leading to the Election through the eyes of six characters as they try to comprehend and navigate what is happening, and then, looking into the future, envisions events unfolding around them after the next Presidential Election in 2020. It is a realistic, yet cautionary, story of what real people think and do in the face of unsettling, life-affecting political change and its aftermath.
A private reading of this new play, written by Anderson Cook, was held in February 2018. The reading was directed by Zoya Kachadurian, and produced by Keaka Productions, LLC (Brian Spector) in association with Krone Theatrix, LLC (Nina Keneally).
After seeing the first show of the first staged production of “SIX” on the West End and then the U.S. production at Chicago’s Shakespeare and the A.R.T. in Cambridge, I was convinced that it would be the King (or better perhaps Queens) of Broadway this season and became an investor. Following “intermission”, I’m excited for everyone to see this lively and entertaining show.
I’m fortunate to be an early investor in this powerful and important new musical about the events leading to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 that gave women the right to vote, the book, music and lyrics of which were created by the talented Shaina Taub.
It was to premiere at The Public Theatre in October 2020. It is expected to now open in 2021.