Vicious rumors, juicy gossip and political slander are all a daily part of life in the District. Sure to open a dialog this campaign season, playwright Anthony Giardina brings Washington, D.C.'s social scene to life in his play The City of Conversation, starring Christine Lahti (The Good Wife), Jason Ritter (Girls) and Georgia King (One Day). Opening in the late '70s, the play portrays a time when political rivals would duke it out on the Senate floor before smoothing things over with drinks at the bar later in the day. Hester Ferris throws fabulous parties and is the liberal toast of Georgetown, but when her son shows up with a Reaganite girlfriend and a new conservative perspective, Hester's life is thrown into a spin. Spanning 30 years from the Carter administration to Obama, The City of Conversation runs at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The cast also features Steven Culp, Michael Learned, Deborah Offner, Nicholas Oteri, Johnny Ramey and David Selby. A New York Times Critics' Pick, The City of Conversation has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "stirring and entertaining," and "lively and engrossing" by Newsday.
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