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The Tug of War

By: David Rambo
Narrated by: Matthew Arkin,Hugo Armstrong,Seamus Dever,Matthew Floyd Miller,James Morrison,David Selby
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The judgment of an untested president is all that stands between us and WWIII.

As Soviet nuclear missiles move ever closer to Cuba, President John F. Kennedy must chart a course between conflicting counsel and unparalleled emotional stakes to prevent nuclear annihilation. The newly minted US president is put to the ultimate test in this riveting original commission from playwright David Rambo (Empire, CSI).

Includes a panel discussion about the Cuban Missile Crisis with playwright David Rambo; Bob Stern, the past president of the LA-based Center on Governmental Studies; Richard Anderson, a professor of political science at UCLA and former CIA analyst; and Geoff Cowan, a university professor at USC.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast production starring:

Matthew Arkin as Llewellyn Thompson, First Reporter
Hugo Armstrong as Lyndon Johnson, Anatoly Dobrynin
Seamus Dever as Robert McNamara
Matthew Floyd Miller as Robert F. Kennedy
James Morrison as John McCone, TV Floor Manager
David Selby as Dean Rusk
Rich Sommer as McGeorge Bundy
Josh Stamberg as John F. Kennedy
Nick Toren as Ted Sorenson, Second Reporter, General Curtis LeMay
John Vickery as Nikita Khrushchev, General Taylor
Jules Willcox as Jackie Kennedy, Mrs. Lincoln, Third Reporter

Directed by Brian Kite and recorded live in performance at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in May 2017.

Sound effects artist: Aaron Lyons. Production manager: Katie Friesen. Music supervisor: Ronn Lipkin. Assistant to the director: Michelle Gong. Historical research: Nick Fanego. Associate producer: Anna Lyse Erikson. Editor: Mitchell Lindskoog. Recording engineer, sound designer, and mixer: Mark Holden for The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.

©2017 David Rambo (P)2016 L.A. Theatre Works

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We Need a Jack Kennedy, again!

I’m a Republican, generally a moderate conservative. But I’ve always admired Jack Kennedy. He wasn’t a perfect human. He had his flaws as history has revealed (as other Presidents have had). But he was first and foremost a patriot who valued what our country stands for. His careful, contemplative, and reasoned approach to the Cuban Missile Crisis saved the world from nuclear Armageddon. This dramatic retelling of the events of those days should be listened to by most Americans. It’s an excellent performance!

My hope and prayer is that our current administration will be up to this task…but I don’t believe that our President, Vice President, or Cabinet are of the same mettle as existed in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Unfortunately the world is again faced with the open aggression of the Russians against a world that desires peace. Let’s hope, somehow, we again avoid the abyss.