The Eisenhower Theater, traditionally home to many of the Kennedy Center’s theater and dance performances, opened in 2008 after a 16-month, $17.9 million renovation. The theater now seats 1,164 people (up from 1100), making it approximately comparable in size to many Broadway theater houses. The theater contains an orchestra pit for 35 musicians that is convertible to a forestage or additional seating space. The gold [fabric is from France] curtain was also replaced during the recent renovations.
Coming to the Eisenhower Theater :
- Mar. 12 - 15, 2014
- Eisenhower Theater
- Running Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes
- Tickets and Schedule
Melbourne Theatre Company
by David Williamson
Directed by Lee Lewis
An absorbing, very funny, very theatrical production.
An entertaining and welcome turn from one of our best-known playwrights."
--Time Out (Melbourne)
Watch a preview of the show.
David Williamson, one of Australia's most acclaimed and prolific playwrights, takes on Rupert Murdoch, one of the most powerful media magnates in modern history, in this new commission from Australia's oldest professional theater company. Directed by Lee Lewis and featuring an ensemble cast in multiple roles, Rupert is a timely, unconventional, revue-style imagining of the life and times of this influential yet elusive man who has shaped our world. In his stellar rise to the top, watch as Rupert tap dances (sometimes literally!) his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, discoes toward his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher, and charms some of the most colorful characters of the 20th century. But what happens when the man behind the news suddenly becomes the news? Rupert explores the answer with "tiny strokes of fourth-wall-breaking comic genius" (Australia's ArtsHub).
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 13
In English. Recommended for age 15 and up.
Performance Timing: 2 hours, 40 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014