Saturday 31 March 2018
Date:31/03/2018 - 31/03/2018 19:30
Frenemies: The Buckley-Vidal Debates and Gravid Watto


Saturday, March 31st, 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.)

During the 1968 Republican Convention, conservative commentator William F. Buckley and novelist and progressive public raconteur Gore Vidal agreed to take part in a series of live television debates throughout ABC’s coverage, a series of debates that eventually descended into venomous spirited name-calling and threats of violence: live, on camera, Vidal called Buckley a “crypto-Nazi,” and Buckley responded by calling Vidal a “little queer” and then threatening to punch Vidal in his “goddamned face” whereupon he would “stay plastered.”
We at The Unified Scene Theater can think of no better time than the present to resurrect the spirits of these two esteemed men, as well as the rhetorical tone they both took when engaging intellectually. Taking various and decidedly non-political subjects throughout the show, William F. Buckley (Shawn Westfall) and Gore Vidal (Chris Ulrich) will debate (read: improvise) the merits of each, with a moderator (Paul Hitlin) in tow to ensure that name calling and violence doesn’t occur – or ensure it does.
William F. Buckley: Shawn Westfall
Gore Vidal: Chris Ulrich
Moderator: Paul Hitlin
Your Headlining Troupe: Gravid Watto
One one side: Improvisors who can recite scenes from the Star Wars films word-for-word. On the other side: Improvisors who haven’t the foggiest about the classic space opera series. What follows is a show lovingly inspired by Stephen Ruddy’s Gravid Water, transforming Star Wars scenes into something this galaxy has yet to experience. Whether you’re a Star Wars fan or not, it’s more than enough entertainment for you to shake a lightsaber at!
Star Wars Geeks: 
  • Greg Benge
  • Ryan Brookshire
  • John Heiser
  • Alex Kazanas
  • Jamal Newman
  • Kevin Koeser
Non-Star Wars Geeks:
  • Lauren Boston
  • Adam Fishbein
  • Molly Graham
  • Eva Lewis
  • Justine Hipsky
  • Dana Malone 
  • Samantha Schifrin
Show starts at 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)
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