Michelle, President of the Dems, decides to co-sponsor a controversial conservative professor’s visit to her beloved Drader College.

Kevin, Vice-President of the Dems, has no tolerance for intolerance, and vows to fight it to the end.

Rafi, ex-Drader political anything, really wants to grab a few drinks and go home.

And Johnny, aspiring Drader student and Kevin’s little brother, is the professor’s newest fan.

They all have their own reasons to be on Drader’s campus Friday night. But when their worlds collide, who will be left to pick up the pieces?

Inspired by the Booth family and political debate on campus, Alice Abracen’s play What Rough Beast asks the big question of 2019: how the hell do we convince people if we never talk?

Written by Alice Abracen
Directed by Lelaina Vogel

January 12-19, 2019
Boston Playwrights Theatre
949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215


Playwright: Alice Abracen
Director: Lelaina Vogel
Stage Manager: Cassie Cushing *
Scenic Design: Michelle Sparks
Lighting Design: Kat Zhou
Costume Design: Evelyn Quinn
Sound Design and Composition: Joshua Garcia
Sound Liaison: Ilan Grossmann

Underlings Co-Director: Daniel Thomas Blackwell
Dramaturg and Publicity Manager: Sarah Batista-Pereira

* Appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Kevin: Jon Vellante
Alyssa: Cara Clough
Johnny: Paxton Crystal
Michelle: Brigitte Demelo
Rafi: Adarsh Shah
Thomas: Eric Cheung
Marlene: Olivia Dumaine

Production Photos