Check out a virtual symposium discussion with director David Saint & playwright Joe DiPietro recorded earlier this year about the show, its conception, and its modern relevance.Listen Now
Joe DiPietro (Playwright) has won two Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award and three Outer Critics Circle Awards. Conscience marks Joe’s seventh production at George Street Playhouse following The Toxic Avenger; Creating Claire; Ernest Shackleton Loves Me; The Second Mrs. Wilson; Clever Little Lies and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. His other musicals and plays include Memphis (2010 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book); Nice Work If You Can Get It (which starred Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, and received 10 Tony nominations); and the much-produced comedies, Over the River and Through the Woods and The Last Romance. He is a proud member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Many thanks to his frequent collaborator, David Saint.
David Saint (Director/Artistic Director) is in his 23rd season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. He has directed 40 mainstage productions at GSP, having most recently helmed this season’s Midwives in addition to The Trial of Donna Caine, American Hero; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and An Act of God starring the legendary Kathleen Turner in the 2017-18 season. His time here has been marked by collaborations with such artists as Keith Carradine, Tyne Daly, Rachel Dratch, Sandy Duncan, Boyd Gaines, A.R. Gurney, Uta Hagen, Jack Klugman, Dan Lauria, Kathleen Marshall, Elaine May, Anne Meara, David Hyde Pierce, Chita Rivera, Paul Rudd, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach and many others, including a remarkable partnership with Arthur Laurents. In addition, many new award-winning works have begun their life here during his tenure, such as The Toxic Avenger, Proof, The Spitfire Grill, Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies and It Shoulda Been You. He has directed Final Follies at Primary Stages, Clever Little Lies at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY, and off-Broadway at Westside Theatre, as well as the National Tour of West Side Story. In July 2016, he directed a two-night concert performance of West Side Story at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. In Summer 2019, he directed a revolutionary new production of West Side Story for IHI Stage Around in Tokyo and currently serves as a Associate Producer for a new film version of West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. He also has directed on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, McCarter, Williamstown, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, Long Wharf and many others on premieres by writers such as Aaron Sorkin, Wendy Wasserstein, Peter Parnell, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Joe DiPietro and Jonathan Larson. He is the recipient of the Alan Schneider Award, Helen Hayes Award, L.A. Drama Critics Award, several Drama-Logue Awards and is the President of The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation.
Harriet Harris (Senator Margaret Chase Smith) Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Cinderella, Cry-Baby, Present Laughter, Old Acquaintance, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Man Who Came to Dinner. Off-Broadway: Judgment Day (Park Ave Armory), Me and My Girl, Little Me (City Center Encores), The Low Road, The Roads to Home, Standing On Ceremony, Yeast Nation, Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination), Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination). Film: Baby (upcoming), Phantom Thread, Love is Strange, Memento, Nurse Betty, Addams Family Values. TV: Atlantic Crossing (upcoming), Ratched (upcoming), American Horror Story, Felicia Tillman on Desperate Housewives, Bebe Glazer on Frasier.
Mark Junek (William Lewis, Jr.) George Street Playhouse debut came as Officer Paul Larkin in 2017’s American Son. Other credits include Gary and The Performers on Broadway, Final Follies at the Cherry Lane, The Hairy Ape at the Park Avenue Armory, Frankenstein at the Denver Center, The Forgotten Woman at Bay Street Theatre, After All The Terrible Things I Do at Milwaukee Rep, The Vibrator Play at Syracuse Stage, Family Play at The New Ohio, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Television credits include The Outs, Blindspot, Forever, Smash and Law & Order: SVU. Mark is a graduate of Columbia University and The Juilliard School Drama Division.
Lee Sellars (Senator Joseph McCarthy) Broadway: A Time to Kill, West Side Story (Officer Krupke), Talk Radio. Other NY credits: iOW@, Gun Shy (Playwrights Horizons), A Small Melodramatic Story (LAByrinth Theatre), The Alchemist (Classic Stage). George Street Playhouse: Midwives, Our Town, Twelve Angry Men, The Subject Was Roses, The Pillowman. Regional: The Great Leap (Guthrie Theatre), Hollywood (LaJolla Playhouse), A Few Good Men (Alley Theatre), On Clover Road (CATF). TV: Happy (recurring), Billions, Law & Order: SVU, Deception, Elementary, House of Cards (recurring), Mindhunter, Power, Luke Cage (recurring), Shades of Blue, Chappelle’s Show, The Sopranos, Law & Order (recurring) Film: Naked Singularity (upcoming), James White, The Savages, Tenderness, The Crimson Mask, Groundhog Day.
Cathryn Wake (Jean Kerr) Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. Off-Broadway: The Other Josh Cohen, The Fantasticks, The Hello Girls (World Premiere). Regional: The Glass Menagerie (Pittsburgh Public), Well-Intentioned White People (Barrington Stage, World Premiere), Ebenezer Scrooge’s...Christmas Show (The Old Globe), The Second Girl (CATF), Loch Ness (The Rev), The Other Josh Cohen (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Seedbed (NJ Rep, World Premiere), …Percival von Schmootz (Adirondack Theatre Fest), Agent 355 (Chautauqua Theatre Fest, World Premiere). TV: Madam Secretary, Glee, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Featured Vocalist), America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The 71st Annual Tony Awards. BFA Pace University,
The original cast of Conscience is together again for a virtual version of this world-premiere. Don't miss what The New York Times called “a timely boxing match of a history play" or Harriet Harris’ portrayal of Margaret Chase Smith as “a dry-witted hero with the rare courage to take on a lying bully who is sowing chaos, ruining reputations and threatening the very fabric of the nation.”
This new virtual production gives you an intimate, up-close and personal look at this timely story.
Photos from the staged show combine with the original music and sound from our production to create a uniquely intimate experience, featuring the original cast reuniting digitally to revisit the play by Joe DiPietro in its entirety.
On June 1, 1950, Senator Margaret Chase Smith stood on the Senate floor and delivered her “Declaration of Conscience'' in a historic moment of political courage. This sharply written new play by Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro takes you behind the scenes of 1950s Washington in the days leading up to and following the singular speech that rattled McCarthyism, Congress, and the nation itself.
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