Robert F. Kennedy Hit Play will be Performed in Washington, DC and Philadelphia in 2013 by New City Stage Company in Honor of 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination

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The premiere of a re-worked version of the history play "RFK" plays to sold out houses in Philadelphia in October 2012 and was extended into November. The show will be the featured production at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. in July 2013 in honor of 45 years since RFK's assassination. This sold-out production will also return to Philadelphia in November 2013 in honor of 50 years since JFK's assassination.

Russ Widdall as Senator Robert F. Kennedy in New City Stage's "RFK".

Russ Widdall as Senator Robert F. Kennedy in New City Stage's "RFK".

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
-- Robert F. Kennedy

New City Stage Company opened the Philadelphia of "RFK" by Jack Holmes on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 and then extended the show into November after 18 straight sold-out houses. Arguably the highest rated play performed in the greater Philadelphia area this fall, it has received rave reviews and was attended by the playwright as well as many other theatre professionals and producers. As a result, "RFK" in being fully produced 2 more times within the next year by New City Stage Company.

In honor of President John F. Kennedy and the 50th anniversary of his untimely assassination, New City Stage Company will present the show as part of their 2013-14 season. The show will open in early November and there will be a special guest speaker on Friday, November 22, 2012, 50 years to the day of the tragedy in Dallas, Texas. New City's 2013-14 season will focus on controversial and groundbreaking American politicians.

New City Stage Company will also present the show as part of the Capital Fringe Festival, July 11 - 28, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The show will be the featured production of the festival.

Read what the press has been saying about this landmark production:

Philadelphia Inquirer:
"The history play RFK is special in several ways... it's exceptionally well performed by Russ Widdall... and like many single-character shows, shifts back and forth in time, but does so with grace and electricity."

Read the entire review here.

Broad Street Review:
“Russ Widdall’s performance is a tour de force that must rank among the best of the past several seasons. Clear credit also goes to director Ginger Dayle.”

Read the entire review here.

City Paper:
“RFK will be self-recommending to many people, but I hope some younger audiences get there, too. The show — and RFK himself — deserves it. “

Read the entire review here.

Stage Magazine:
“Regardless of your politics, party affiliation, or age, you should appreciate the extraordinary quality of Widdall’s acting... what a performance!”

Read the entire review here.

"RFK" begins in 1964 when President Johnson decided not to ask Senator Kennedy to be his running mate up until RFK’s untimely assassination during the 1968 presidential election. It also includes background information on his personal life as well as his relationships with brother President John F. Kennedy, sister-in-law Jacqueline Kennedy, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

This historically accurate play features music and film footage from the era -- all compiled exclusively by New City Stage Company for this new production.

Film and television actor Russ Widdall, of HBO's "The Wire," portrays Robert F. Kennedy in this one-man tour de force show.

The show is directed by Ginger Dayle, Artistic director of New City Stage Company and a well-established dancer and teacher. She can be seen as a featured dancer in the second season of NBC's "Smash" and teaches master classes at many well-known conservatories and studios, including the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

Tickets for the Philadelphia remount of "RFK" will go on sale by January 1, 2013. The Capital Fringe Festival production tickets will go on their web site early next year as well.

Tickets for all New City Stage Company productions can be purchased by calling the box office at (215) 563-7500. or visiting our web site.

About New City Stage Company:
New City Stage Company, founded in 2006, is dedicated to presenting high quality professional theatre that engages audiences on a variety of levels; not only entertaining them but also encouraging awareness of issues relevant to the community. We draw our season from contemporary and classical works, with a special focus on including Philadelphia premiers from playwrights whose work and stories are not normally found in the region.

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