Swine Palace Presents Performances of “All the King’s Men”
BATON ROUGE – As the final production in Swine Palace’s Louisiana’s Bicentennial Season, the theatre group will present performances of “All the King’s Men,” beginning with the opening-night performance on Friday, April 19, through Sunday, May 5. All performances will be held in the Reilly Theatre, located on Tower Drive.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” portrays the dramatic political ascent and governorship of Willie Stark, a driven, cynical populist in the American South during the 1930s. The story, narrated by Jack Burden, a former student of history, cynical newspaper columnist and personal aide to Stark, allows Burden to mesh his own personal story with the political story of Stark creating a contrast between the personal and the impersonal.
Directed by Swine Palace Artistic Director George Judy, “All the King’s Men” is the portrayal of the meteoric rise and fall of a Southern politician and promises to be especially engaging for the audiences of South Louisiana.
Adrian Hall adapted and directed a world premiere stage version of “All the King’s Men” at Dallas Theatre Center in 1987. Since then, this adaptation has been staged at numerous theatre companies around the country. Hall’s adaptation includes songs by Louisiana native singer-songwriter Randy Newman such as “Kingfish,” a song about Long. Hall is recognized as one of the most influential American theatre directors of the post-World War II period. An actor, director and playwright, he was the founding artistic director of the Trinity Repertory Company, a position he held for 25 years. While serving as artistic director at Trinity, Hall was hired as the artistic director of the Dallas Theatre Center from 1983-1989.
Weeknight and Saturday performances of “All the King’s Men” will be held at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances will be at 2 p.m.
Tickets range from $15 to $28, and can be obtained from the LSU Box Office by calling 225‐578‐3527 or by visiting www.swinepalace.org. Advance tickets can also be purchased in person at box office locations at the LSU Union Theatre and the Music & Dramatic Arts Building, located on Dalrymple Drive. On performance nights, tickets will also be on sale at the Reilly Theatre Box Office. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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