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Carleton Players Present "Farragut North"

February 13, 2012
By Anna Versen '14

The Carleton College Players, under the direction of David Wiles, present the award-winning play “Farragut North” in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25. Performances are free and open to the public; reservations are recommended and can be made by telephone at (507) 222-4471 or online at

Written by Beau Willimon in 2008, “Farragut North” is loosely based on Howard Dean’s 2004 Democratic primary campaign. The play is billed as “a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape—about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.” Willimon, who worked for Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and former Governor of Vermont and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Dean, titled the play for the Washington, D.C. Metrorail station located nearest the district’s center for think-tanks, lobbyists, and advocacy groups. The play is also the inspiration for George Clooney’s 2011 American political thriller, “The Ides of March.”

The Carleton Players’ production stars Carleton seniors Tyler Boddy-Spargo (Friendship, Wisc.) and Asla Bruno (Missouri City, Texas), and first-year student Josh Davids (Seattle).

Director David Wiles, associate professor of theater and the chair of the Theater and Dance Department at Carleton, teaches acting, voice, theater history and dramatic literature. His acting credits include appearances at Yale Repertory, Shakespeare & Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and the Aquila Theatre Company. He has trained with Shakespeare & Company and is currently a student at the National Theatre of London. He holds a BA in history from the University of Cincinnati and a MFA in acting from Yale University.

This production is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of Theater and Dance. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at 320 East Third Street in Northfield. For more information or disability accommodations, contact the theater department at (507)-222-4341.