1980 (Or Why I'm Voting For John Anderson)

1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson) is comedy about class, race and learning to believe that anything is possible, before you learn that it actually isn’t. For a sliver of a shining moment in the fall of 1980, it looked as though a little known congressman from Illinois, John Anderson, might actually have a chance to be a contender for President of the United States. At least that's what the...
1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson) is comedy about class, race and learning to believe that anything is possible, before you learn that it actually isn’t. For a sliver of a shining moment in the fall of 1980, it looked as though a little known congressman from Illinois, John Anderson, might actually have a chance to be a contender for President of the United States. At least that's what the campaign staff of John Anderson For President believes. In a bare bones campaign office in Boston, Massachusetts four very different (and slightly lost) people search for answers and hope that their long shot candidate will change their country and their lives.
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1980 (Or Why I'm Voting For John Anderson)

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  • Elisabeth Giffin Speckman:
    6 May. 2020
    I absolutely love this play, and as an actress, am drawn to every role. Witty, funny, and heartbreaking, this piece even ends with one of my favorite moments I've ever read for the stage. Brava!
  • Donna Hoke:
    18 Apr. 2020
    A lovely coming of age story filled with humor, heart, and cold reality. I tried not to substitute Jill Stein for John Anderson as I read and the result was a thoroughly enjoyable read about managing discovery, dreams, and disappointment. Excellent writing.
  • Patricia Milton:
    24 May. 2019
    This is a wry and relevant play that is ideal for election-year production. With its finely-drawn and vivid characters, and with a lot of humor, it's engaging throughout. Highly recommend.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Premiere Stages at Kean University
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    2017
  • Commission
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    PlayGround, Berkeley CA
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    2016
  • Reading
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    Cape Cod Theatre Project
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    2016

Production History