February 12, 2014
The Hampden-Sydney College Department of Fine Arts Spring production, Frost/Nixon, opened on Thursday, February 20. Frost/Nixon is a 2006 British play by screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan based on a series of televised interviews that former U.S. President Richard Nixon granted broadcaster David Frost in 1977 about his administration, including his role in the Watergate scandal.
In the dramatization of the interviews, British talk-show host David Frost has become a lowbrow laughing-stock. Richard M. Nixon has just resigned the United States presidency in total disgrace over Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Determined to resurrect his career, Frost risks everything on a series of in-depth interviews in order to extract an apology from Nixon. The cagey Nixon, however, is equally bent on redeeming himself in his nation's eyes. In the television age, image is king, and both men are desperate to outtalk and upstage each other as the cameras roll. The result is the interview that sealed a president's legacy.
"Peter Morgan has given us a behind the scenes look at a well-publicized event, and used his imagination to create a riveting entertainment...most notably, the midnight phone call from an inebriated Nixon to Frost that, like a show stopping song in a musical or an outstanding opera aria, has the audience bursting into applause." -CurtainUp. "
Frost/Nixon, presented in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., is directed by Theatre Professor Matthew Dubroff and stars students and faculty of Hampden-Sydney College and other community members.
Last performances are Thursday & Friday, February 27 & 28, at 8 PM in Johns Auditorium. All performances are free and open to the public. For information, call 434-223-6266.