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Road Less Traveled takes on high-stakes political drama ‘Farragut North’

Mounting a political drama could be seen as a risky move for a theater company in the midst of one of the more contentious presidential elections in recent years. But even as Facebook feeds overflow with political commentary and Western New Yorkers recover from our week at the center of the political conversation, Road Less Traveled Productions is betting that local appetites for politics are far from sated.

Its production of the politically tinged 2008 play “Farragut North,” a look at the often heartbreaking machinations of American political campaigns by “House of Cards” writer Beau Willimon, is set to open April 29. The show, directed by Road Less Traveled artistic and executive director Scott Behrend, is described in a release from the company as exploring the “ruthless reality of a political campaign in which “friends and enemies begin to look alike when ambition trumps loyalty in the cutthroat game of professional politics.”

The story focuses on young campaign staffer Stephen Bellamy (Pete Johnson) who is faced with some tough moral decisions in the thick of an important campaign. The show also stars Richard Satterwhite, Victoria Perez, David Hayes, Steve Brachmann, Danica Riddick and Xavier Harris.

Tickets are $20 for students or $35 for general admission, with $5 student tickets available for Thursday performances. Call 629-3069 or visit roadlesstraveledproductions.org.

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