Jason Ritter: "The City of Conversation"

The divisive world of Washington D.C. politics moves to center stage of the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts when Anthony Giardina’s searing political comic drama The City of Conversation opens for a limited run in May. Starring Christine Lahti, Jason Ritter and Georgia King in a new production directed by Michael Wilson, The City of Conversation is an inside-the-Beltway play about politics in family—and families in politics—as it delves into the ever-changing tapestry of U.S. Government and the people who shape it off the senate floor. Previews begin Tuesday, May 17, and the Opening Night is Friday, May 20, through June 4.

“Presenting the West Coast Premiere of The City of Conversation is both exciting for The Wallis and quite timely,” said Paul Crewes, The Wallis’ new Artistic Director. “Tony’s play brilliantly expresses both sides of political discourse in a way that reflects the current heated presidential election cycle. Michael Wilson’s vision coupled with his incredible cast will elevate this political drama to a new level surely to resonate with our audiences and throughout our community.”

In The City of Conversation, spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris throws high-powered Georgetown dinner parties that can change the course of Washington’s politics. But, when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she's spent her whole life fighting for.

Jason Ritter (Colin/Ethan), a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company, played the title character in the Lincoln Center production of Wendy Wasserstein’s Third, opposite Dianne Wiest, Charles Durning, Amy Aquino and Gaby Hoffmann, directed by Daniel Sullivan. His additional theater credits include: the Off-Broadway production of Tom Donaghy’s The Beginning of August, starring Mary Steenburgen, directed by Neil Pepe; and the role of ‘Tim’ in the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s play The Distance from Here at London’s Almeida Theatre, directed by David Leveaux. Jason most recently played ‘Charles’ in the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Ghost Stories: The Shawl & Prairie Du Chien, a collection of short plays written by David Mamet. His television credits include: “Girls,” “Another Period,” “Gravity Falls,” “The Event,” “Parenthood,” “The Class” and “Joan of Arcadia.” His film credits include the upcoming features: The Tale, Intervention and The Meddler. His other film credits include: We’ll Never Have Paris, Seven Minutes, Hits, You’re Not You, Good Dick, Wild Canaries, The Education of Charlie Banks, Our Very Own, Happy Endings and Raise Your Voice.

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