by ​​Sarah Burgess
directed by ​Dámaso Rodríguez
October 13, 2018 - November 10, 2018


Fresh from New York, this incisive comedy takes an unflinching look at how things get done in Washington. When Sydney Millsap wins a seat in Congress, she’s determined to drain the swamp. Then she meets Kate, a whip-smart lobbyist who gets her clients what they want—whatever they want. When Kate helps Sydney try to unseat a powerful senator steeped in cronyism, the result is a “sleek, fast-paced, absorbing and very funny” (Vogue) exploration of money’s corrosive effect on politics.

Previews: ​ October 13–18, 2018
First Night: ​ October 19, 2018
Regular Performances: October 20–November 10, 2018

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

Running Time: Approximately ​95 ​minutes with no intermission.

Sarah Burgess had the world premiere of her play Kings at the Public Theater in New York in early 2018. Her other plays include Dry Powder, which was a recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and an Olivier Award nominee this year in London. Burgess has been a writer-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm in Brewster, NY, and the Cape Cod Theatre Project. She is also a WP Lab and Ars Nova Play Group alum.

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Richard Doyle (Sen. John McDowell) is an SCR Founding Artist, who has appeared in more than 200 productions during 55 years and through 32 years of A Christmas Carol. He is proud of his long SCR history, from his earliest days in Volpone and Candida through Holy Days and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune to recent roles in The Weir and Rest, to comedy turns in The Fantasticks and James and the Giant Peach. His film, television and voice acting career includes a long-running role as Mr. Gaines on “Cheers”; dozens of animated series; interactive games (MGS Big Boss); an indie short film, Worth the Wait; the indie feature, The Abduction of Angie; as well as his first producer/principal actor experience as Will Wilson in the short film, Ready or Not. For the past eight years, Doyle has been the live show narrator for the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts “Pageant of The Masters” and narrates the arts documentary series, “Design for Modern Living.” He is a recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award. Doyle wishes to leave you with his favorite voice-over phrase that is familiar to SCR theatregoers: “Enjoy the Show.” “Welcome!” to his new grandson, Burnham Doyle Chetty, and “Thank you” all the wonderful SCR theatregoers. 


Tracey A. Leigh (Rep Sydney Millsap) has appeared at SCR in All the Way, Death of a Salesman, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Safe in Hell and the Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of SHREW!, Happy Face and Tough Titty. She is an Obie Award and NAACP Theatre Award recipient, whose credits include The Baby Dance: Mixed (Rubicon Theatre Company), An Undivided Heart (Echo Theatre Company/Circle X); Mr. Burns (Sacred Fools Theater Company); Collective Rage and Colony Collapse (The Theatre @ Boston Court); Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles); Mr. Burns (A.C.T. San Francisco, Guthrie Theatre); Good People (Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara); The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King (Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA); The Vagina Monologues national tour; and off-Broadway productions at P.S.122, Soho Rep, Primary Stages, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theatre and La Mama. Aside from numerous commercials, her television appearances include “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds” and “Law & Order.”


Paige Lindsey White (Lauren) appeared at SCR previously in Abundance. Her other stage appearances include Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion (Pasadena Playhouse); Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities (Arizona Theatre Company and Indiana Repertory Theatre); Ann in At Home at the Zoo (Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts); Titania/Hippolyta in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer (Disney Concert Hall); Georgie in Heisenberg (Mark Taper Forum, understudy); Fallen Angels and Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara); Rapture Blister Burn (San Diego Repertory Theatre); Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo and Juliet (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Trying, Ghost-Writer and The Heir Apparent (International City Theatre); The Children, R II and With Love and a Major Organ (The Theatre @ Boston Court); Walking the Tightrope (24th Street Theatre); and A View from the Bridge (Ahmanson Theatre and The Kennedy Center, understudy). She also toured internationally in Trial of the Catonsville Nine (The Actors’ Gang). On television, she appeared in “Shameless,” “American Woman,” “Corporate,” “Days of Our Lives” and “TV Funhouse.” She is the winner of a LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Lead Performance and has received three Ovation Awarad nominations.


Jules Willcox (Kate) is making her South Coast Repertory debut. Her theatre credits include Gruesome Playground Injuries (Rogue Machine Theatre); The Power of Duff (Geffen Playhouse); A or B (Garry Marshall Theatre); Macbeth, Pericles, Eurydice and The Doctor’s Dilemma (A Noise Within); The Seagull, The Liar and The Malcontent (Antaeus Theatre Company); The Time of Your Life and Becky’s New Car (Pacific Resident Theatre); Hippolytus (Getty Villa); Displacement (Pasadena Playhouse, HotHouse) Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fashion (Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum) and The Contest (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Her film credits include Under the Silver Lake, Midwife and Dependent’s Day. Her television credits include “Bloodline” (recurring) and “Chicago P.D.” (recurring).

Creative Team

Dámaso Rodríguez (Director) is in his sixth season as artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland’s (Ore.) longest-running professional theatre company. He is a co-founder of LA’s Furious Theatre, where he served as co-artistic director from 2001-12. From 2007-10, he served as associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse. His directing credits include work at Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, SCR, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, A Noise Within, The Playwrights’ Center, The Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre. Rodríguez is a recipient of an LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Back Stage Garland Award, NAACP Theatre Award and Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award. His upcoming projects include Mi Cuba (in development) by Caridad Svich at American Conservatory Theatre, Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and the world premiere of Wolf Play by Hansol Jung at Artists Rep. He a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Efren Delgadillo Jr. (Scenic Design) is making his SCR design debut. His work in New York includes The Three Musketeers (The Acting Company) and Mycenaean (Brooklyn Academy of Music). His regional work includes Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Smart People (Denver Center Theatre Company); Othello (Hartford Stage); DJ Latinidad (Mixed Blood Theatre Company); Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (The Getty Villa/The Theatre @ Boston Court); Prometheus Bound (The Getty Villa/Center for New Performance); Shelter (Center for New Performance); and The Sweetheart Deal (Los Angeles Theatre Center). Internationally, he designed Moonshine and Peepshow (Edinburgh Festival). He has received LA Weekly awards for Best Lighting Design (Brewsie and Willie) and Best Production Design (Brewsie and Willie, Wirehead). He is a company member of Poor Dog Group and an assistant professor of scenic design at Cal State, Northridge. He earned his MFA at California Institute of the Arts and his BFA at the University of California, Irvine.

Leah Piehl (Costume Design) returns to SCR where she designed Once, The Light in the Piazza, Mr. Wolf, The Motherf**ker with the Hat and the Theatre for Young Audiences productions of Pinocchio, Robin Hood and The Borrowers. Her other select credits include Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Underneath the Lintel and Krapp’s Last Tape (Geffen Playhouse), The Strayhorn Project (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Race and Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Center Theatre Group), Pygmalion (Pasadena Playhouse), The Steward of Christendom (Mark Taper Forum, Center Theatre Group); The Most Deserving (Denver Center Theater); Stardust (REDCAT); Intimate Apparel (Pasadena Playhouse, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Best Costume Design); The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse, Ovation Award-nominated); Arcadia, The Doctor’s Dilemma and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (A Noise Within); Paradise Lost (Intiman Theatre); Bars and Measures, Futura, The Pain and the Itch, Tartuffe (The Theatre @ Boston Court); Hedda Gabbler, (Antaeus Theatre Company), bobrauschenbergamerica, Tree (Inside the Ford); Boom, Men of Tortuga (Furious Theatre Company); Saudade (UCLA Live); and Full Still Hungry (Ford Amphitheatre). She recently designed the feature film, All Stars. Her work has been featured at MOMA, Art Basel Miami and 2010 Whitney Biennial. Piehl has a BA from UC-Berkeley and an MFA in costume design from CalArts.

Peter Maradudin (Lighting Design) is pleased to return to SCR where he has designed more than 40 productions including The Weir, Fences, You, Nero, A Feminine Ending, The Studio, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Princess Marjorie, Safe in Hell, Hurrah at Last, Great Day in the Morning and Prelude to a Kiss. On Broadway, he designed the lighting for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Kentucky Cycle; off-Broadway, he designed Threesome, Hurrah at Last, Ballad of Yachiyo and Bouncers. Maradudin has designed more than 300 regional theatre productions for such companies as Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, Steppenwolf and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a senior director of StudioK1, a lighting design consultancy for architecture: He is also the author of two novels, The Masked Avenger and The Queen of Spades, under his nom de plume, Peter Alexei.

Cricket S. Myers (Sound Design) is thrilled to return to SCR after designing A Doll’s House, Part 2; The Siegel; Red; Mr. Wolf; Zealot; Trudy and Max in Love; 4000 Miles; The Fantasticks; The Parisian Woman; Sight Unseen; Elemeno Pea; The Trip to Bountiful; and Three Days of Rain. On Broadway, she earned a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. She designed regionally at the Ahmanson Theatre (50th Anniversary Celebration, Sunshine Boys), Mark Taper Forum (Bent, Steward of Christendom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), La Jolla Playhouse (The Squirrels, Guards at the Taj, Sideways, The Nightingale), Kansas City Repertory Theatre (Sex with Strangers), Kirk Douglas Theatre (Mutthouse, Endgame, Twist Your Dickens), Pasadena Playhouse (Stoneface, Above the Fold), the Los Angeles Theater (Carrie), The Montalbán (I Only Have Eyes), The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Blues in the Night) and Geffen Playhouse (The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona, Play Dead, Wrecks, Some Girls). She earned 20 Ovation Award nominations and won the Ruth Morley Award from the League of Professional Theater Women, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Kinetic Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Design.

Jenny Jacobs (Stage Manager) is stage-managing her first SCR production. Originally from Orange, Calif., she received her BA from CSU-Long Beach and MFA from UC-Irvine. Her past credits include Plaid Tidings (Laguna Playhouse); The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Altar Boyz and All Shook Up (3-D Theatricals); Peter Pan and Noises Off (SCR); and Titus Andronicus, Reefer Madness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes, Urinetown, The Tempest and Cider House Rules. For the past eight years, she has been touring with Menopause the Musical across the U.S. and Canada. While working at SCR on Kings, she is teaching and mentoring students at East Los Angeles College and at CSULB. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association for the last nine years.  

Amy Rowell (Assistant Stage Manager) is making her SCR debut. She has worked as a stage manager and director in theatres across the country including the world premiere of Electricity (TMD Productions); One Year Later (Open Fist Theatre); House of  Gold (Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA); Nunsensations! Nunsense Vegas Revue, A Woman’s Rite and Antigone (Lyric Theatre Company); The Second City Las Vegas, The Vagina Monologues (Apollo Theater Chicago); and Xena Live! and Whitman (About Face Theatre). In addition to theatre, she also works in television production and special events. Her favorite credits include “Island Hunters” (HGTV), “My Big Redneck Vacation” (TNT), “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC), HBO’s Emmy After Party, SAG Award Nominations Live and numerous film and television premieres. Rowell is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Jules Willcox and Paige Lindsey White in "Kings." Photo by Debora Robinson.
Richard Doyle and Tracey A. Leigh in "Kings." Photo by Debora Robinson.
Jules Willcox, Paige Lindsey White, Richard Doyle and Tracey A. Leigh in "Kings." Photo by Debora Robinson.
Tracey A. Leigh and Jules Willcox in "Kings." Photo by Debora Robinson.
Jules Willcox, Richard Doyle and Paige Lindsey White in "Kings." Photo by Debora Robinson.
Tracey A. Leigh and Richard Doyle in "Kings." Photo by Debora Robinson.
Richard Doyle and Tracey A. Leigh in "Kings." Photo by Debora Robinson.
Paige Lindsey White and Tracey A. Leigh in "Kings." Photo by Debora Robinson.
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In Sarah Burgess’s political comedy, Kings, the lobbyists and congresswoman are fictional, but women have played pivotal roles​ in politics throughout history. Read on to learn about ​them.
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Along with Kings, Sarah Burgess’s timely, unflinching look at how things get done in Washington, we thought we’d explore some other plays that take on political issues.
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Kings, Sarah Burgess’s timely play about how things get done in Washington, D.C., captured the attention of the First Night audience with whip-smart, funny dialogue and extraordinary performances.
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The influence of lobbyists is a main topic featured in Sarah Burgess’s Kings. To dig deeper into this political world, we take a look at some past lobbyist groups throughout U.S. history.

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Who you know determines what you’re worth in the world of lobbying, explored with incisive comedy in Kings. Read notes from the show’s dramaturg.

The Cast of KingsMeet the Cast of Kings

Meet the four actors who bring to life Sarah Burgess’s funny look at how things get done in D.C.

PODCAST: Sarah Burgess and Damaso RodriguezSarah Burgess and Dámaso Rodríguez Talk Kings

Playwright Sarah Burgess and director Dámaso Rodríguez talk about her play Kings. Listen in as they ​discuss Washington, D.C., the inspiration for the play and its funny look at a political backbone.

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