Come see the face of the country change
by Aaron Posner
Regional Premiere
Oct 7 2021 to Oct 31 2021

John Quincy Adams lived his life backwards: brilliant diplomat in his youth, fervent congressman as a man, ineffectual president in his prime. This unique and timely play imagines a kaleidoscope of confrontations between JQA and some of his key contemporaries. At once provocative and patriotic, this power play challenges the way we think of our country and shines a curious spotlight on the American experiment as it continues to evolve.

“It will amuse you. It will educate you. It will move you. And you will leave the theatre wanting to do good and do more” - Warwick Beacon

Performance Schedule: 

JQA runs Oct 7 through Oct 31
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00
Available to stream online | Download digital program
ASL Interpretation Sun, Oct 24
Masks will be required for this show.
SAFE SUNDAY (proof of vax required): Sun, Oct 17
Post Show Conversations: Sat 10/16 & Sun 10/31
Rated PG13 (language)


A: JQA, L. Adams, A. Lincoln - Shyama Nithiananda**
B: JQA, A. Jackson, F. Douglass - J.R. Bradford
C: JQA, J. Adams, H. Clay - Randy Pearlman*
D: JQA, G. Washington, A. Adams, L. Adams - Nancy Sherrard*

* Member, Actors Equity Association **Equity Membership Candidate

Production Staff: 

Director: Emily Scott Banks*
Stage Manager: Tiffany Cromwell*
Asst. Stage Manager: Sabrina Alegria
Set Designer: Ian Loveall
Lighting Designer: JoJo Percy
Sound Designer: Ryan Swift Joyner
Costume Designer: Aaron Patrick DeClerk
Properties: Lynn Lovett
Technical Director: Bryan Stevenson
Assistant Technical Director:  Conor Clark
Master Carpenter:  Allen Dean
Master Electrician:  Amanda Hackney

About the Author: 

Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning director and playwright. He is a founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia's Arden Theatre, is an Associate Artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and has directed at major regional theatres from coast to coast. His adaptations include Chaim Potok's The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev (both of which have enjoyed successful runs at more than 50 other theatres across the country, as well as his Chekov adaptations Life Sucks and Stupid Fucking Bird. Posner was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, DC.