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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Gyllenhaal to star in Broadway production of political play "Farragut North"

Apparently, there's some new top-secret Broadway play coming out called Farragut North. And Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in the play about "presidential politics" written by a campaign staffer to Howard Dean.

I know, I know -- the internal groaning is beginning already. But just wait until you see how the play is described (emphasis mine):
According to the article, the Brokeback Mountain star played "a young, idealistic communications director who works for an inspiring, though unorthodox, presidential candidate. During the campaign, his career is done in by more seasoned politicos who thrive on poisonous partisan politics, dirty tricks and back-stabbing." Gyllenhaal, who previously took part in a star-studded workshop of the play, will reportedly decide by the end of the week if he wishes to take it to Broadway. Jeffrey Richards (Spring Awakening) would produce.

Titled after the Washington, D.C. Metro station that is located near many lobbyists' offices, the play is loosely based on democrat Howard Dean's 2004 presidential election campaign (during which playwright Willimon worked for Dean). Riedel writes, "People involved in the reading say it reminds them of Primary Colors, Joe Klein's novel about the Clintons, and The Best Man, Gore Vidal's gripping 1964 play about presidential politics."

I can already imagine just who is thriving on the poisonous partisan politics, dirty tricks, and back-stabbing. And let me guess -- a Howard-Dean like candidate is supposed to be the one who was "inspiring" and "unorthodox" and his campaign was ruined only because a bunch of mean Republicans played a bunch of dirty tricks, right? Because, you know, that's how Dean's campaign really went down the crapper.

Best of all? Supposedly, the play is set to open smack dab in the middle of the presidential election season next fall.

Oh boy, I can't wait.


Huck said...

Well, you really don't have to go see it, you know.

And wasn't Gyllenhaal superb in Brokeback Mountain?