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HUNT: a Political Drama

HUNT: A Political Drama is a new play based on the true story of U.S.Senator Lester Hunt, who was blackmailed by allies of Senator Joseph McCarthy after the arrest of Hunt’s son in a gay sex sting.

Hunt, a Wyoming Democrat who opposed McCarthy, was an ideal target for the Republicans, who were desperate to bolster their shrinking Senate majority by any means, If he Resigned, Wyoming’s Republican governor would replace him with a Republican. Hunt struggled for a year against the forces that steadily marched against him using his son as leverage until on June 19, 1954, he killed himself in his Senate office.

This story of power, blackmail and tragedy at the highest levels of government is a cautionary tale for any time, but it speaks particularly to the current political moment, the individual struggle for integrity and purpose, and the nature of sacrifice.

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Tickets: FREE, Donations are welcome.

Earlier Event: February 9
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Later Event: March 28