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New City Stage opens the Washington, DC premiere of "RFK" at the Studio Theatre tonight


The Washington, DC premiere of the history play "RFK" is being presented by New City Stage Company as the featured production in the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. This unique media-enhanced version of the play opens at the Studio Theatre tonight and runs for 6 performances until July 25.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 13, 2013

New City Stage Company opened the Philadelphia of "RFK" by Jack Holmes in Philadelphia in October 2012 and then extended the show into November after 18 straight sold-out houses. This hit version of the play will receive 2 more productions by New City Stage in 2013, including one in Washington, D.C., which opens tonight at the award-winning Studio Theatre.

Arguably the highest rated play performed in the greater Philadelphia area this past fall, it has received rave reviews and was attended by playwright Jack Holmes as well as many local politicians and friends of the Kennedy family.

New City Stage's version of the play is entirely unique -- it includes videos of the Kennedy family, several from personal family archives never released to the public before. Along with music from the era, this multi-media approach has been designed and edited by Ren Manley, a videographer and sound designer based in Philadelphia. Kennedy family videos and photos were provided by Ginger Dayle.

There have been several amateur and community theatre productions of "RFK" since it has been published in 2005 but New City Stage Company is the only theatre company to produce a professional production in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association, making this production a world premiere.

New City Stage Company is presenting the show as part of the Capital Fringe Festival, July 11 - 28, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here or by calling 866-811-4111.

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"RFK" begins in 1964 when President Johnson decided not to ask Senator Kennedy to be his running mate up until RFK's untimely assassination during the 1968 presidential election. It also includes background information on his personal life as well as his relationships with brother President John F. Kennedy, sister-in-law Jacqueline Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

This historically accurate play features music and film footage from the era -- all compiled exclusively by New City Stage Company for this new production.

Film and television actor Russ Widdall, of HBO's "The Wire," portrays Robert F. Kennedy in this one-man tour de force show.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says:
"The history play RFK is special in several ways. It puts us easily into another era — and in this production, with time-machine force. It's exceptionally well performed by Russ Widdall, and shifts back and forth in time, but does so with grace and electricity."

Read the entire review here.

The show is directed by Ginger Dayle, Artistic director of New City Stage Company and a well-established actress, choreographer and dancer. She can be seen as a featured dancer in the second season of NBC's "SMASH" and teaches master classes at many well-known conservatories and studios, including the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She served as the dance coach to Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for the Academy Award-winning film "Silver Linings Playbook". As an actor she recently appeared in the highly reviewed regional premiere of Adam Rapp's "AMERICAN SLIGO" in June 2013.

About New City Stage Company:
New City Stage Company, founded in 2006, is dedicated to presenting high quality professional theatre that engages audiences on a variety of levels; not only entertaining them but also encouraging awareness of issues relevant to the community. We draw our season from contemporary and classical works, with a special focus on including Philadelphia premiers from playwrights whose work and stories are not normally found in the region.

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