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Written by Sarah Burgess

Directed by Joanie McBrien

May 16–June 16, 2019

Pay-What-You-Can Previews: May 16–22

Opening Night: Thursday, May 23

M.A.D. Night: Thursday, May 30 (free pizza and drinks for patrons 25 and younger!)


New member of congress, Sydney Millsap, sees how money corrupts politics, and she’s on a mission to do something about it. Just imagine how a career senator and two ambitious lobbyists react to her efforts! Kings is a whip-smart political satire that will inspire you to change the system. And vote.

Run time: Two hours, plus a 15-minute intermission


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Press for Our Production


“Every once in a while, you look at a cast and creative team and think, 'Oh, yes.' [...] Actors Sam Jackson, Sarah Mitchell, Elissa Beth Stebbins and Don Wood are some of the most reliable in the bay. You can’t imagine any of them striking a false or halfhearted note. Now this dream team comes together at Shotgun Players for another show about a moral dilemma."
—Lily Janiak | Datebook


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Playwright Interviews

“A taut, smart, queasily of-the-moment dissection of the cozy relationship between lobbyists and lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and of the corrosive effect of money and cronyism on politics in these United States.”
“If there’s one thing that we all actually do agree on, it’s the relationship between money and politics.”
Town & Country


“It’s an absorbing, utterly credible procedural about how the opaque funding of our political campaigns inevitably grinds even the shrewdest and/or most honorable of candidates into mediocrities.”
Washington City Paper
“Sarah Burgess’ dark comedy Kings makes a snappy addition to the growing canon of fiction that pulls back the curtain on how the sausage gets stuffed in Washington, D.C.”
Metro Weekly
“Playwright Sarah Burgess, an Alexandria native, has a knack for wittily summarizing the most off-putting aspects of public discourse.”
DC Metro Theater Arts


There are often walk-up seats available each night. Wait list starts one hour before showtime!

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