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RFK - Full Length Play


Jack Holmes

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ISBN: 9780822223658

By late summer, 1964, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was a deeply …

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By late summer, 1964, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy was a deeply wounded man. Still in shock and consumed with grief and guilt over the assassination of his older brother, President John F. Kennedy, on November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, he was at a crossroads. The 1964 presidential election was approaching and President Lyndon Johnson, who had been dangling the possibility of a vice-presidential role to RFK, finally called Kennedy over to the White House to tell him his decision. The result of that meeting and the subsequent direction for the next, and last, four years of Robert Kennedy's life are the focus of this play.
"RFK hurtles through the theater with surprising force, expanding the well-known facts of a politician's life into a stirring metaphor for the struggle to believe in governments and leaders. [Holmes] has artistic statements to make that are larger than the character, and he delivers them subtly enough to demand an audience's constant attention. Sophisticated, spellbinding work!" —Variety. "A well-wrought labor of love and conscience. Holmes' moving portrayal makes Bobby not a sequel but a feature in his own right." —The New Yorker. "[Holmes] has put together the words of Robert F. Kennedy and channeled his persona so effectively that the illusion comes close to being complete: This play is like an evening with RFK brought back to life, to remind us of the real American Dream that we used to really chase and believe in. I was amazed how resonant and potent the words of this man have proven to be." —NYTheatre.com. "A wealth of detailed, keenly contextualized information that makes for a gripping historical drama." —BackStage."Overwhelmingly accurate" —Theodore C. Sorensen, Speechwriter, Special Counsel and Adviser to President John F. Kennedy.



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