1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson)

Written By Patricia Cotter
Directed By Meeghan Holaway
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“1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson)” is a comedy about class, race, and the politics of hope. In 1980 it seemed that unknown congressman, John Anderson, might have a shot to be a contender for President. In a Boston campaign office, four very different (and very lost) people come together with a dream that their long-shot candidate will change their country and their lives.

Patricia Cotter’s (she/her) awards include The American Academy of Arts Letters, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Daytime Emmy Award, Writers Guild of America Award. Her comedy The Daughters received its world premiere at San Francisco Playhouse in 2019, and received a reading at New York Theatre Workshop. Plays include, I’ll Give You Something to Cry About, presented in 2020 as part of Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series, The Surrogate, winner of the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award, finalist at the 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, produced at Centenary Stage Company, NJ, Rules of Comedy, produced in 2015 Humana Festival of Ten-Minute Plays. Musicals (librettist) include Rocket Science, which received readings at Playwrights Horizons in New York (directed by Kathleen Marshall) and was produced at The Village Theatre, Seattle; The Break-Up Notebook (based on her play), at The Vineyard Theatre in New York. Patricia has written for Audible, Disney Theatricals, Twentieth Century Fox Television, and Comedy Central.

Meeghan has performed in over seventy plays across the country. Beth in the Off-Broadway production of Dinner With Friends, Sylvia in Sylvia, Brooke in Noises Off and Mme. Thenardier in Les Miserables are among her favorites. She originated the role of Florence Greenberg in the Broadway musical, Baby It’s You! and appeared in Through The Eye Of A Needle by Jami Brandli, and, most recently, Mercury by Steve Yockey at The Road Theatre. TV appearances include Scandal, Desperate Housewives, Two & A Half Men, Everybody Loves Raymond, Law & Order, and NCIS, with recurring roles on Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, and ABC Family’s Switched At Birth. She is in Holidate and About Fate on Netflix, and played a robot in the movie Boy Makes Girl.

“1980 (Or Why I’m Voting For John Anderson)”

Kathleen Haag – Naomi Rubin*
Brenda Quealy – Hilary Bass*
Robin Ridge – Lilli Passero*
Will Moore – Sherrick O’Quinn
Stage Directions – Tally McCormack*

*Road Company Member