Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

May 17 - Jun 04


by Anthony Giardina
directed by Michael Wilson

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A family divided. A country divided.

The City of Conversation is a fascinating and timely look at family politics through a family in politics. Savvy Hester Ferris is the doyenne of Georgetown dinner parties whose influence in liberal politics is legendary. But when her son suddenly turns up with a Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending her cause.

Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful) directs a new production of this award-winning play starring Christine Lahti (Emmy Award winner, “Chicago Hope” and NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Jason Ritter (HBO’s “Girls” and NBC’s “Parenthood”) and Georgia King (NBC’s “The New Normal” and HBO’s upcoming “Vice Principals”).

“UNCANNILY OF THE MOMENT...Christine Lahti’s performance never lets us lose sight of the personal toll of these political wars.In an election year that promises to be one of the most vitriolic in history, this is a reminder all of us should heed.” – Los Angeles Times
“WOW! Lahti’s fierce and fabulous Hester and King’s utterly sensational Anna will have Wallis audiences raving. The City of Conversation could scarcely be making a more timely West Coast debut!” – StageSceneLA
“Engaging and savvy, a vivid performance by Jason Ritter.” – The Hollywood Reporter
"THE CITY OF CONVERSATION is a winner! Beautifully staged with an outstanding cast. Go!" - Performing Arts LIVE
“Stunning performances from Christine Lahti and Georgia King!” – LA Theatre Bites


Credits And Artist Information

Christine Lahti
Jason Ritter
Steven Culp  Michael Learned
Deborah Offner  Nicholas Oteri
Johnny Ramey  David Selby
and Georgia King